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By Susan McKeague Karnes,Homer Norris

within the mid-19th century, a couple of hardy settlers of eu descent carved out farms within the transparent Fork Valley of present-day Parker County, attracted by way of the area’s springs, tributaries, and a burgeoning industry in close by fortress worthy. for hundreds of years, Comanche and Kiowa had inhabited the land, and a interval of dramatic clash ensued, exacerbated through the Civil warfare absence of able-bodied husbands and sons. via 1880, ranches and settlements flourished, aided by way of the castle Worth–Yuma farm animals path and a Texas and Pacific Railway line connecting fortress worthy to the county seat of Weatherford. because the first mail cease within the newly shaped county, Aledo was once in brief dubbed Parker Station prior to having its identify replaced in 1882—a bow to a railroad engineer’s Illinois fatherland. this present day segments of Bankhead road, the nation’s first paved transcontinental street, wind round Aledo, the Annettas, Willow Park, and Hudson Oaks, thriving groups that provide a pastoral way of life mins from the city facilities of the citadel Worth–Dallas Metroplex. Mere fragments stay of Newburg, Prairie Hill, Willow Springs, and different previous settlements, noticeable simply to old-timers and misplaced to dwelling memory.

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