Fort Worth to Jacksboro
Alternate Route 199W
It's not a surprise that Jacksboro Highway offers the
quickest route to Fort Richardson. You can reach this shortcut on Loop
820, or you can just follow Henderson Street northwest out of downtown.
Ghosts of gamblers and gangsters haunt the sites
of old roadhouses and casinos that relocated from Hell's
Half Acre to better serve up whoopee to
the ranch hands and roughnecks on the western range.
Azle to Springtown
The next leg west, dubbed Slipdown Mountain, sports quite
a few massacre sites, proving the validity of the mountain's name, derived
because of its popularity with raiding warriors from across the Red
River as an entry point into the Parker County settlements. A little
further west, Jacksboro offered the raiders another
popular entry into the settlements. Most notably Nocona's vicious 1860
raid, which began with the murder of the Landman Family.