Places Named: Influence of the War Between the States

 So many buildings, schools, roads, and parks were named after someone or something in the Civil War.

A friend sent me this information on this park. I thought some of you must have certainly passed it in journeys and would like to know the origin of the road and park’s name.

Site of Confederate Park
Located on FM 1886 (Confederate Park Rd.), 1.5 miles
west of SH 199 (Jacksboro Hwy.), Fort Worth

Local businessman Khleber M. Van Zandt organized the
Robert E. Lee camp of the United Confederate Veterans
in 1889. By 1900 it boasted more than 700 members. The
camp received a 25-year charter to create the
Confederate Park Association in 1901, then purchased
373 acres near this site for the “recreation, refuge
and relief of Confederate soldiers” and their
families. Opening events included a picnic for
veterans and families on June 20, 1902, and a
statewide reunion September 8-12, 1903, with 3,500
attendees. The park thrived as a center for the civic
and social activities of Texas Confederate
organizations. By 1924 the numbers of surviving
veterans had greatly diminished, and the Confederate
Park Association voluntarily dissolved when its
charter expired in 1926. (2000)

If you have stories of how any places in our area can trace their names to the Civil War, please send them to me.

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