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Site of Bird's Fort (One Mile East)

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FM 157, Arlington, TX, USA

Latitude & Longitude: 32° 48' 5.744664", -97° 5' 58.87914"
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     In an effort to attract settlers to the region and to provide protection from Indian raids, Gen. Edward H. Tarrant of the Militia authorized Jonathan Bird to establish a settlement and military post in the area. Bird's Fort, built near a crescent-shaped lake one mile east in 1841, was the first attempt at Anglo-American colonization in present Tarrant County. The settlers, from the Red River area, suffered from hunger and Indian problems and soon returned home or joined other settlements. In August 1843, troops of the Jacob Snively expedition disbanded at the abandoned fort, which consisted of a few log structures. Organized to capture Mexican gold wagons on the Santa Fe Trail in retaliation for raids of San Antonio, the outfit had been disarmed by United States forces.
About the same time, negotiations began at the fort between Republic of Texas officials General Tarrant and General George W. Terrell and the leaders of nine Indian tribes. The meetings ended on September 29, 1843, with the signing of the Bird's Fort Treaty. Terms of the agreement called for an end to existing conflicts and the establishment of a line separating Indian lands from territory open for colonization. (1980)

This page last updated: 7/15/2008

StoppingPoints.com Editorial on Site of Bird's Fort (One Mile East):
Note, the mapped location of this marker is now a little off. The marker is now located near the entrance of the River Legacy Parks, just south of the mapped location. The entrance to River Legacy Parks is on the west side of Collins Street.

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Site of Bird's Fort (One Mile East) Historical Marker Location Map, Arlington, Texas