Site of Bird's Fort

Site of Bird's Fort (HM1FNI)

Location: Arlington, TX 76011 Tarrant County
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Country: United States of America
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N 32° 47.319', W 97° 6.002'

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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 Republic of Texas 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 Gen. Tarrant and Gen. 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.



(supplemental)

This marker was relocated to River Legacy Park in 2003. The Bird's Fort site is about 1-¼ miles north-northeast of this location.
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HM NumberHM1FNI
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Marker Number4732
Year Placed1980
Placed ByTexas Historical Commission
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Friday, September 5th, 2014 at 10:45am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)14S E 677922 N 3629454
Decimal Degrees32.78865000, -97.10003333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 32° 47.319', W 97° 6.002'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds32° 47' 19.14" N, 97° 6' 0.12" W
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Area Code(s)817, 214, 682
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling West
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 3020 N Collins St, Arlington TX 76011, US
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