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Jack County

Small hut on a field

Jack County is only an hour northwest from Fort Worth down paved highways that get you to your front gate fast. There is high topo recreational ranch land in the Squaw Mountains and lush wildlife roaming free in the bottoms of the upper Trinity River and other major waterways. Priced below land found a little closer in, Jack County offers hopeful future ranch owners a lot of quality for the dollar.

Jacksboro is the county seat, joined by the communities of Bryson, Jermyn, Perrin, Antelope, Wizard Wells, Barton’s Chapel, Gibtown, Joplin and Vineyard. Elevations rise from 800 feet to 1,350 feet above sea level. The West Fork of the Trinity River joins East Rock, Howard, Lost, Crooked, Little Cleveland, the Keechi, Two Bush and Henderson Creeks in water crossing the county. Lake Bridgeport and Lake Jacksboro are both here.

Jack County was considered a borderline between the Comanche Indians to the west and the Caddo Indians to the east. The Spanish explorer Coronado was said to have passed through Jack County in the sixteenth century. The Butterfield Overland Stage route crossed east to west through the county.

Fort Richardson just south of present-day Jacksboro was established in 1867 and completed in 1869 to protect settlers against Indian attacks. Fort Richardson is a must-see while visiting the area.

Cattle ranching was (and is) a major driver in the Jack County economy. Vast ranches boasted some of the largest herds in the nation.

Jack County has become a desired locale for Metroplex buyers of recreational ranches due to its ease of access and the beauty of the land to be found here. Local conditions like the presence (or absence) of ground water make retaining a land broker knowledgeable about local conditions a prudent first step.


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