Tells of the military situation in Texas and around the fort before and
during its existence and before it became a city. The lives and careers of
the military men who served there are also spotlighted. Deluxe hard cover;
6" x 9"; no index; 277 pages. Published 2001 by Cross-Timbers Heritage
Publishing Company, Keller, Texas.
"If you are looking for a local history book that reads like a novel
then this one may not be to your liking. This book actually contains many
good stories and a great deal of factual information. The time line is what
threw me in the beginning. The first chapter starts in 1837 and proceeds
forward in time through 1849. Suddenly we're back in 1845 and then
1844. This shift in time occurs frequently throughout the book.
I suppose that the stories would be difficult to relate in any other
way without losing vital information. Once I was comfortable with the format,
it was much more enjoyable to read.
Each story and chapter ties back to the fort even though you may be reading
about events in south Texas or Mexico. Dr. Perkins compiled a great deal
of historical data and somehow managed to get it all between the covers.
With the many illustrations, we get a good idea what the fort looked like
and what pioneer life must have been like in those early days of Tarrant
The Fort in Fort Worth, by Dr. Claude Clayton (Clay) Perkins, contains
no index whatsoever. For the benefit of visitors to our website, I
have compiled one. I was just going to list the names of those who are mentioned
in the book, but then you would have to read the whole book just to find
one person. A full name index is just what the doctor ordered." - Rob
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