Kyla had a 4-H tree planting ceremony at Ft. Belknap - between Graham and Newcastle. The tree planting ceremony was celebrating 100 years of the Forest Service in Texas.
While we were-there, we looked around at the Fort. It was an awesome field trip!!! We will be going back!!-!!
Ft. Belknap - a United States Army post 3 miles south of Newcastle in Young County, was founded on June 24, 1851, at the site of present Newcastle by Bvt. Brig. Gen. William G. Belknap. After the commanding officer, Cpt. C.L. Stephenson, Fifth Infantry, found no water in shafts dug 66 feet deep at the location of the water tower now in Newcastle, he moved the fort 2 miles south, where adequate water was found in the springs by the Brazos River. The present well was dug in 1857 under the direction of Capt. Gabriel R. Paul of the Seventh Infantry. The first buildings were jacals. Some were later replaced with stone.
Ft. Belknap as the northern anchor of a chain of forts founded to protect the Texas frontier from the Red River to the Rio Grande. It was a post without defensive works. From it troops pursued raiding bands of Indians, and on occasion mounted expeditions from the fort carried the war to the enemy on the plains as far north as Kansas. The fort gave confidence to citizens, who came in such numbers that surrounding counties were organized.
Ft. Belknap became the hub of a network of roads stretching in every direction: the most notable of these was the Butterfield Overland Mail route from St. Louis to San Francisco.
During the Civil War, the fort was occupied from time to time by state troops of the Frontier Regiment. When Fort Griffin was founded in Shackelford County, Ft. Belknap was abandoned for the last time in September 1867.
It is well worth the visit there ...
5385 FM 61
Newcastle, TX 76372
Here we will share with you where we go, what we see, and what experiences we have away from the "traditional" classroom.
Shell and Kyla are both very interested in finding out where things come from, how things are made. I hope they have a life-long curiosity! Our intentions are to whet the appetite to know, to find out, to learn.