In 1843, Edward and Nancy Wilburn arrived at their new allotment of land near Mary’s Creek as Family 107 of Peter’s Colony, which was established by the Republic of Texas to attract settlers to the area. Families were offered acreage, a cabin, musket balls and seed to begin a new life in Texas. In the 1850s, the Benbrook area, then known as Marinda, was little more than a few ranches, a post office, and a one-room building that served as both the church and schoolhouse.
In 1876, local resident James Benbrook petitioned the Texas and Pacific Railway to build a train station along Mary’s Creek, and the town was later named after him. Despite a few train robberies and the dust of travelers along a branch of the old Chisholm Trail, Benbrook remained a quiet town on the outskirts of Fort Worth. As the city grew, it became known as a great place to raise a family, start a business, and enjoy recreational activities with family and friends.
Highlights of Benbrook include:
• Images from the newly archived Benbrook Cemetery Records Book dating back to 1885
• Photos of prominent citizens’ homes including James Benbrook, Elliot Roosevelt, John Corn, Winfield Scott and Ed Sproles
• Exclusive photos of the Flagstone Benbrook School from the 1950s
• Excellent and comprehensive photos of Carruthers Field, the WWI air training field, as well as local legend Vernon Castle.
• The majority of the images have been donated from private collections of local residents
Available at area bookstores, independent retailers, and online retailers, or through Arcadia Publishing at (888)-313-2665 or www.arcadiapublishing.com.
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