After our hike on Friday, Breck and I drove up to Fort Worth for the night. At first light, though, we headed over to Fort Richardson State Park in Jacksboro, Texas. This was the location of a fort established in 1867, whose soldiers "helped local law officers keep the peace, pursued criminals and deserters and most importantly, patrolled for Indian raiding parties." (source).
|Hospital with a Morgue out back and Bakery, Guard House, and Magazine in the distance|
|Tub for bathing|
|Tools for eye surgery|
Quite the collection. The one I found most interesting was the Electric Machine used to provide shock therapy to unruly individuals. It had a hand crank on the side and two metal rods used to touch to a persons head. Creepy.
A little less gruesome was the kitchen and dining area, though it doubled as a surgical room.
Can I just say I would LOVE to own this stove.
After thanking Ray for his time, we did a little poking around in the barracks, guard house, and magazine then headed out to see the trails. Of course since it is still spring there were plenty of wildflowers.
|Scissor-Tailed Flycatcher (male)|
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