The Story of the Trading Post that Shaped Fort Worth
Under this magnificent live oak, one of the first trading posts in North Texas was established in 1849 by Archibald Franklin Leonard and Henry Clay Daggett. These industrious leaders shaped the foundations for the city that later became known as “Fort Worth – Where the West Begins!”
The trading post was located one mile north of the military establishment called Fort Worth –named after General William, J. Worth, a celebrated hero in the Mexican War. At the time the fort was first established, the US military prohibited any business within a one mile radius of the fort, so the 2 partners found this massive tree that was just outside the “no-trade zone” and set up shop.
Leonard and Daggett recognized the opportunity to start a trading post to serve the fort as well as develop trade with the Indians who wished to sell furs, trinkets and fruits. Soldiers from the fort also enjoyed the activity around the trading post where, from time to time, whiskey was available.
Leonard and Daggett both started their own independent businesses in the following years. They are recognized to this day for developing businesses that employed thousands of citizens over the next century!
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