Construction work gets underway, scouts and patrols by the mounted 2nd Dragoon troops are begun. Contact is made with the few local settlers. Local Indian tribes as well as itinerant hunting groups are received at the camp and trading is begun.
|Dragoons in field dress ~ From Ft. McKavett & The 2nd Dragoons|
Supplies come in via Fort Graham to the south which also includes the mails. Newspapers of which the New Orleans Times-Picayune and the Galveston News are the most prominent, are eagerly awaited. The June 17, 1849 edition of the Times-Picayune arrived with this article:
|Times-Picayune, June 17, 1849|
|Times-Picayune ~ August 6, 1849|
Much was riding on the effectiveness of this new chain of Forts and the protection it would offer to those who were coming into Texas. So Major Arnold, in the midst of setting up this forward post, took pen in hand and replied directly to the scurrilous article with good humor, precise information, a direct non-nonsense manner and a plea to come to Fort Worth to join the settlement.
This will not be the last we will hear from and about Major Ripley Arnold.
Note: The news articles above were the earliest I have found that mention Fort Worth.