After getting away late this morning, the traffic on highway 380 north of Dallas was heavy and slow. The terrain is rolling trees and grassland and pleasant to the eyes in general. As the rig was pulling into the Jacksboro area some large rain drops hit the windshield. There is a State Park here so I ducked in to avoid any bad weather traveling. It is called Fort Richardson and that is all that is known at the moment. The sky has clouded over so when the picture taking and walking starts in a few minutes, an umbrella will be part of the equipment along for the adventure.
It was hot at the start of the adventure and did not get any better at any time during the adventure. There are nine photos tonight so there will not be a lot of talking.
For my readers that like to see the campsite, this is one of the best ones ever for quiet and private.
The location is site 5, Ft. Richardson State Park, Jacksboro, Texas. The park map is here for your examination. It is an exceptionally clean and pleasant park.
As usual for a Texas state park, there are the deer all over the place including some newer models that are on display.
Now on to the Fort part. By now you have seen a few forts in my blogs. They are not searched for in general, they just happen to pop up and get in the way. Here is the official marker commemorating the fort.
As you approach the historical site the hospital is the dominate building right in front of you.
Out past the hospital in front to back order is the bakery, the guard house and then the magazine for storage of explosives.
This is pretty much like most of the other temporary frontier supply forts in Texas. They were built for use for a short time and then abandoned. From what has been visited so far, see Ft. McKavett last. It is the best restored of all of them so far.
Out back of the historic site is a spare railroad bridge sitting around. So if you are looking for a railroad bridge here it is.
And last but best is the quarry used for construction of the fort. It is located directly behind the park entrance building and is very pretty.
There you have a tour of the fort and the park without the sweat and fatigue that accompanied me during the three hours to get these pictures and walk the park. Pooped was my status when my home came into sight again. The heat is making me consider carefully about next directions of travel. Tune in tomorrow to see where the ofm decides to try to have tooooo much. TheOFM.