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Fort Richardson State Park, Historic Site And Lost Creek Reservoir State Trailway

228 State Park Road 61
940-567-3506

Fort Richardson State Park, Historic Site & Lost Creek Reservoir State Trailway, located northwest of Fort Worth in Jack County, contains 454.16 acres. The property was acquired in 1968 from the city of Jacksboro and was opened to the public the same year.

Fort Richardson was established in November 1867. Fort Richardson was named in honor of General Israel B. Richardson, who died in the Battle of Antietam during the Civil War. The fort was the northernmost of a line of federal forts established after the Civil War. Soldiers arrived in Jacksboro in 1866 with orders to establish a fort at Buffalo Springs, 20 miles north of Jacksboro. Due to unhealthy conditions at Buffalo Springs and the constant Indian raids, the fort was abandoned. The soldiers returned to Jacksboro and eventually received orders to establish a fort on the south bank of Lost Creek. Expeditions sent from Fort Richardson arrested Indians responsible for the Warren Wagon Train Massacre in 1871 and fought Comanches in Palo Duro Canyon. The fort was abandoned in May 1878.



Reviews

Colton Puckett

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Sunday, July 29, 2018
This is a fairly small state park that also has a museum, which is pretty interesting. All of the park rangers/workers were very friendly and helpful. They had a pretty great deal of insight about the history of the Fort. What I liked most about the park was how quiet it was. If we loved closer to the area, then we would go back. It is a nice 1 or 2 day trip if you have a tent or an RV.

Steven Yackel

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Saturday, May 12, 2018
Fort Richardson has many great elements to make it a State Park worth visiting. If you are into history, Fort Richardson has lots of great stories in it. We arrived in time to enjoy the afternoon ranger guided tour which took you into most of the buildings on the property. The officers quarters and the hospital were well done and really gave you a sense of what it would have been like when the fort was active. This is where we spent most of our time during our visit. On the site, there is an old quarry that has turned into a stocked fishing hole. When we pulled in, you could see lots of action from the fish in the pond and there were a number of fishermen wetting their line. We toured the camping area and the campsites look like they would be a nice stay. Overall I was pretty impressed and would not mind camping here in the future.

Matha Goram

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Monday, March 19, 2018
Fishing did not get as exciting as some of the other State Parks in the region. The historic structures may soon need renovation work. Good camping sites along a creek (or is it truly a brooklet). Good place to unwind because it is not very crowded (except for the limited fishing spots) and satisfactory tree cover (not dense) even for warmer days. The walking tour of the historic sites serves as a modest equivalent of a hike for urban folks like myself. Good for group picnics.

Robert Johanns

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Saturday, June 23, 2018
We had a very nice time. Our camp site is excellent. Will taken care park . Would come back again. We would others about Fort Richardson State Park.

Richard Pickell

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Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018
My family and I came here while stationed at Sheppard Air Force base. This site is really awesome. Some other Texas Fort Trails are pretty small but this one is huge. I recommend bringing your kids if their older. Maybe middle school and up. Younger kids may get bored but older kids will mostly likely remember it for the rest of their lives. Fort Richardson is true history that you can feel and touch. Highly recommended.

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