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JACKSBORO Population. 4,070 Altitude. 1,074

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         The Texas Legislature created Jack County from Cook County on August 14, 1856. Jack county was named after William H. and Patrick C. Jack, brothers and patriots of the Texas Revolution. In 1856, settlers of this community called their village "Mesquiteville" because of all the mesquite trees in the area. It was named Jacksborough in 1858, then was shortened to Jacksboro in 1887.
         Jacksboro is recognized not for the famous Goodnight and Loving Cattle Trails, but also for the fact that the Butterfield Overland Mail Route ran through the town from 1856 till 1861, connecting St. Louis to San Francisco.
         Today a block of native limestone buildings erected before the turn of the century lends a wonderful picturesque accent to the town square. A famous old-opera house, where officers from Fort Richardson (see below) were entertained on Saturday nights, still stands on square.

Fort Richardson State Historic Site-
        
Fort Richardson was established in Jacksboro on November 26, 1867. The calvary post was built to protect the settlers from hostile Indians. In 1878, the post was abandoned. The grounds have since been made a State Park. Today, you can see the restored hospital building, officer's quarters, ammunition magazine, morgue, bakery, and commissary buildings. Fort Richardson State Park has become a tourist attraction for many who visit North Central Texas. The park provides scenic picnic areas, nature trails, full equipped campsites, screened shelters, and a pavilion. In November, step out into the past, when life at the old calvary post is relived with the "Fort Richardson Days Re-Enactment". Also....

The newly restored Fort Richardson near Jacksboro, Texas. -This fort is the most northerly of line of Federal posts established in Texas after Civil War to halt Indian depredations. Among regimental commanders was Colonel Ranald S. Mackenzie of famed Mackenzie's Raiders. Most impressive building extant was post hospital. Enlisted men's barracks serves as museum. Also existing are original wooden officers quarters built in the 11 picket style with slim vertical lumber, powder magazine, morgue, and bakery that produced some 600 loaves of bread daily. Recreational facilities include campsites with electricity, picnic sites, rest rooms, showers, nature hiking trails, pond, fishing. Southwest edge of city. Admission.

Jack County Museum-

             Located in the oldest house in Jack County, two rooms furnished with period furnishings depicting home life; one room dedicated to Jack County veterans. Memorabilia on Tom M. Marks who organized Corn Club, which later became 4-H Club. Summer hours Wed. - Sat. 1 0 a.m. - noon, 1 - 5 p.m., Sun. 2 - 5 p.m.; winter, Fri. - Sat. 10 a.m. - 6 p.m., Sun. 2 - 5 p.m. At 237 W. Belknap, just west of the square.

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Jacksboro Area-
            
Jacksboro offers fun for everyone with its two city parks and lakes. It also has a swimming pool, tennis courts, and baseball parks. The beautiful nine-hole golf  course was rated 6th in the top 25 best nine-hole golf courses in the state of Texas for 1991. Jacksboro has produced several nationally known golfers over the years. Other recreational activities in the city include: boating, fishing, swimming, water sking, and camping.
             Hunting is also a popular sport, with leases available frommany local landowners. Deer, quail, dove, turkey, and wild hogs are among Jack County's wildlife.
             Petroleum refining and related oil field services are among the more prosperous industries in the seat of Jack County. Other industries consist of agriculture, cattle and tourism. The main crops for the area include wheat, oats, sudan, and hay.
             Jacksboro is equipped with a 3,200 ft. lighted runway, located southeast of lake Jacksboro on Highway 59 North. The hard surfaced runway is substantial for twin engine airplanes or lear jets.

             Come visit us in Jacksboro.....We're located about sixty miles
south of Wichita Falls, sixty miles north of Fort Worth, and sixty miles                   west of Denton.. It is commonly referred to as the
                            "CROSSROADS OF NORTH TEXAS"

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