JACKSBORO Population. 4,533 Altitude. 3,524


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 Site-

The newly restored Fort Richardson near Jacksboro, Texas.

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. Admission.

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.

Lakes -

Bridgeport, Jacksboro.


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