Details for Site of Bird's Fort (Atlas Number 5439004732)

Historical Marker — Atlas Number 5439004732

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Marker Number 4732
Atlas Number 5439004732
Marker Title Site of Bird's Fort
Index Entry Bird's Fort, Site of
Address 701 NW Green Oaks Blvd.
City Arlington
County Tarrant
UTM Zone 14
UTM Easting 677961
UTM Northing 3629383
Subject Codes forts; military topics; Native Americans; Texas Revolution, Republic of Texas
Marker Year 1980
Designations
Marker Location River Legacy Parks
Marker Size 27" x 42"
Marker Text (One mile east) In an effort to attract settlers to the region and to provide protection from Indian raids, Gen. Edward H. Tarrant of the Republic of Texas Militia authorized Jonathan Bird to establish a settlement and military post in the area. Bird's Fort, built near a crescent-shaped lake one mile east in 1841, was the first attempt at Anglo-American colonization in present Tarrant County. The settlers, from the Red River area, suffered from hunger and Indian problems and soon returned home or joined other settlements. In August 1843, troops of the Jacob Snively expedition disbanded at the abandoned fort, which consisted of a few log structures. Organized to capture Mexican gold wagons on the Santa Fe Trail in retaliation for raids of San Antonio, the outfit had been disarmed by United States forces. About the same time, negotiations began at the fort between Republic of Texas officials Gen. Tarrant and Gen. George W. Terrell and the leaders of nine Indian tribes. The meetings ended on September 29, 1843, with the signing of the Bird's Fort Treaty. Terms of the agreement called for an end to existing conflicts and the establishment of a line separating Indian lands from territory open for colonization. (1980) Supplemental: This marker was relocated to River Legacy Parks in 2003. The Bird's Fort site is about 1-1/4 miles north-northeast of this location.