A Landing a Day

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Fort Worth, Texas

Posted by graywacke on April 20, 2009

First timer? In this once-a-day blog, I have my computer select a random latitude and longitude that puts me somewhere in the continental United States (the lower 48). I call this “landing.” I keep track of the watersheds I land in, as well as the town I land near. I do some internet research to hopefully find something of interest about my landing location. To find out more about A Landing A Day (like who “Dan” is and what the various numbers and abbreviations mean), please see “About Landing,” above.

Dan – For the second time since ALAD came into being, I’ve landed in the Metroplex.  Not just any Metroplex. Theeee Metroplex . . . TX; 119/150; 5/10; 1; 162.1.   For the 4th time, I landed in the W Fk of the Trinity R; on to the Trinity (9th hit); on to the G of M.


Here’s my landing map, showing that I landed in SE Fort Worth:

landing15

And here’s a broader view:

fortworth_tx

So here’s a little history from a Fort Worth website:

Fort Worth began as an army outpost in 1849, established to protect settlers from Indian attacks. Soon, Fort Worth became the last major stop on the legendary Chisholm Trail, the dusty path where millions of cattle were driven North to market. The history of Fort Worth includes the wild era of “Hell’s Half Acre,” an area of town filled with gambling parlors, saloons, and dance halls. Later, the railroad transformed the Fort Worth Stockyards into a premier livestock center. And when oil began to gush in West Texas, Fort Worth was at the center of the wheeling and dealing.
Known as “Cowtown” for its rough-and-rowdy roots, Fort Worth still celebrates its colorful Western history and heritage today.

Focusing on the Chisholm Trail, from Wiki:

The Chisholm Trail was a dirt trail used in the later 19th century to drive cattle overland from ranches in Texas to Kansas railheads. The trail stretched from southern Texas across the Red River, and on to the railhead of the Kansas Pacific Railway in Abilene, Kansas, where the cattle would be sold and shipped eastward.
The trail is named for Jesse Chisholm who had built several trading posts in what is now western Oklahoma before the American Civil War. He died in 1868, too soon to ever drive cattle on the trail.
Here’s a map:

chisholm-trail1


Notice El Reno on the map? Ironic, isn’t it, that just two landings ago, I mentioned El Reno as the landing place that would symmetrically hem-in Oklahoma City?

Here’s a picture of some still-existing Chisholm Trail wagon ruts along Brushy Creek in Texas.

chishom-trail-ruts

Guess what? I landed in the very same Brushy Creek watershed once, back in September of 2006.

You’ll note that I landed right next to a lake in Fort Worth (Lake Arlington).  I’ll close with a picture of a corner of the lake:

lake-arlington

KS

Greg

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