Bird's Fort, Texas

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Bird's Fort, Texas
Fort – Garrison
Bird's Fort is located in Texas
Bird's Fort
Bird's Fort
Location within Texas
Coordinates: 32°47′56″N 97°5′0″W / 32.79889°N 97.08333°W / 32.79889; -97.08333Coordinates: 32°47′56″N 97°5′0″W / 32.79889°N 97.08333°W / 32.79889; -97.08333
Country United States
State Texas
County Tarrant
Built 1841
Founded by Major Jonathan Bird, Fourth Brigade of Texas Militia
Elevation 485 ft (148 m)
Time zone UTC-6 (CST)

Bird's Fort was a community about 22 miles (35 km) northwest of present downtown Dallas in present-day Arlington, Texas (USA).[1][2] In 1841, when John Neely Bryan established Dallas, he invited the settlers at Bird's Fort to come live in his proposed city.[3]


The site was named for Major Jonathan Bird, who established a fort there in September 1841 along the Trinity River, for protection of the settlements along the Texas frontier.[4][5] The garrison was constructed after the battle of Village Creek which occurred on May 24, 1841.[6] Bird's Fort was occupied until March 1842 when the garrison was abandoned due to the threat of a Comanche attack.

The military installation was the site of the 1843 treaty negotiations between tribal Indians and Anglo settlements in the Red River counties.

On August 6, 1843, the ill-fated Snively Expedition was disbanded at Fort Bird.[7]

Bird's Fort was recognized as a Texas historic site in 1936.[1]

County development[edit]

Birdville, Texas, (in present-day Haltom City) was the first settlement in Tarrant County and was named after Bird's Fort.[8]

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  1. ^ a b "Site of Bird's Fort – Arlington ~ Marker Number: 4731". Texas Historic Sites Atlas. Texas Historical Commission. 1936. 
  2. ^ "Site of Bird's Fort – Arlington ~ Marker Numer: 4732". Texas Historic Sites Atlas. Texas Historical Commission. 1980. 
  3. ^ Harper, Cecil, Jr. "Bryan, John Neely". Handbook of Texas Online. Retrieved 2006-04-20. 
  4. ^ Cutrer, Thomas W.: Fort BirdTSHA Handbook of Texas
  5. ^ Fort Tour Systems, Inc. – Bird’s Fort
  6. ^ Frazier, Donald S.: Battle of Village CreekTSHA Handbook of Texas
  7. ^ Carroll, H. Bailey: Snively ExpeditionTSHA Handbook of Texas
  8. ^ Hart, Brian: Birdville, Texas – Handbook of Texas

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