Monday, May 6, 2013

Number 16: Fort Richardson State Park

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).

You can see from the pictures that it was a bright, clear day with not a cloud in the sky.  After stopping in at the interpretive center, we headed over to the hospital and morgue with our own personal guide named Ray.  He was a wealth of fascinating knowledge  of the fort and it's history; like the fact that the morgue only serviced 3 dead soldiers.

Hospital with  a Morgue out back and Bakery, Guard House, and Magazine in the distance
Tub for bathing
The surgeon's office was a mini museum in itself and Ray knew a little bit about every item.

Medicine Scale
Apothecary Medicines
Tools for eye surgery
Autopsy Kit
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.

Antelope Horns
And birds, butterflies, and yes, deer!  So happy to have some more practice at wild life photography.

Clay-Colored Sparrow
Lark Sparrow
Breck and I startled this pair of White-Tailed Deer on the trail, but they didn't seem to be too bothered.

White-Tailed Deer
They stuck around long enough to me to get a few pictures.
White-Tailed Deer
And this amazing Scissor-Tailed Flycatcher was a sight to see in flight.  His tail feathers were as long as the rest of his body!

Scissor-Tailed Flycatcher (male)
Red Admiral
I have one more to tell you about tomorrow.  Might have been my favorite park yet.

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