Petroleum refining and related oil
field services are among the more prosperous industries
in the seat of Jack County. Jacksboro is primarily a
large, and sparsely settled ranching area. The settlement
began in 1855; Butterfield stages ran through community
first known as Lost Creek, next Mesquiteville, then
Jacksboro. Today a block of native limestone buildings
erected before the turn of the century lends a wonderful
picturesque accent to the town square. A famous old-opera house
built in the 1890's still stands on the square.
Fort Richardson State Historic
This fort is the most northerly of
line of Federal posts established in Texas after Civil
War to halt Indian depredations. Among regimental
commanders was Colonel Ranald S. Mackenzie of famed
Mackenzie's Raiders. Most impressive building extant was
post hospital. Enlisted men's barracks serves as museum.
Also existing are original wooden officers quarters built
in the 11 picket style with slim vertical lumber, powder
magazine, morgue, and bakery that produced some 600
loaves of bread daily. Fort was abandoned May 1878.
Recreational facilities include campsites with
electricity, picnic sites, rest rooms, showers, nature
hiking trails, pond, fishing. Southwest edge of city.
Jack County Museum-
Located in the oldest house in Jack
County, two rooms furnished with period furnishings
depicting home life; one room dedicated to Jack County
veterans. Memorabilia on Tom M. Marks who organized Corn
Club, which later became 4-H Club. Summer hours Wed. -
Sat. 1 0 a.m. - noon, 1 - 5 p.m., Sun. 2 - 5 p.m.;
winter, Fri. - Sat. 10 a.m. - 6 p.m., Sun. 2 - 5 p.m. At
237 W. Belknap, just west of the square.