Bird's Fort, Texas
|Bird's Fort, Texas|
|Fort – Garrison|
|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). In 1841, when John Neely Bryan established Dallas, he invited the settlers at Bird's Fort to come live in his proposed city.
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. The garrison was constructed after the battle of Village Creek which occurred on May 24, 1841. Bird's Fort was occupied until March 1842 when the garrison was abandoned due to the threat of a Comanche attack.
On August 6, 1843, the ill-fated Snively Expedition was disbanded at Fort Bird.
Bird's Fort was recognized as a Texas historic site in 1936.
- "Site of Bird's Fort – Arlington ~ Marker Number: 4731". Texas Historic Sites Atlas. Texas Historical Commission. 1936.
- "Site of Bird's Fort – Arlington ~ Marker Numer: 4732". Texas Historic Sites Atlas. Texas Historical Commission. 1980.
- Harper, Cecil, Jr. "Bryan, John Neely". Handbook of Texas Online. Retrieved 2006-04-20.
- Cutrer, Thomas W.: Fort Bird – TSHA Handbook of Texas
- Fort Tour Systems, Inc. – Bird’s Fort
- Frazier, Donald S.: Battle of Village Creek – TSHA Handbook of Texas
- Carroll, H. Bailey: Snively Expedition – TSHA Handbook of Texas
- Hart, Brian: Birdville, Texas – Handbook of Texas
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