Fort Fisher, Texas


Texas Rangers, 1890

Texas Rangers, 1890

Fort Fisher, Texas was established on the west bank of the Brazos River in present-day Waco, Texas in February 1837 by Captain Thomas H. Barron’s company of Texas Rangers.

Named for Secretary of War, William S. Fisher, the small fort was built near the site of a deserted Waco Indian Village. Hastily constructed, the barracks were little more than timber shacks. It was first garrisoned by Barron’s men and later by other rangers.

It didn’t take the Rangers long, however, to determine that the fort was too remote and it was abandoned the same year.

Today, the post has been reconstructed and serves as a museum, as well as headquarters for a company of Texas Rangers. The reconstructed fort displays works of contemporary Western artists and maintains an excellent collection of weapons connected with the history of the Texas Rangers. The Texas Ranger Hall of Fame and Museum is located nearby.


© Kathy Weiser, updated February 2020.

Also See:

Forts Photo Gallery

Texas Forts of the Old West

Texas Forts Trail

Texas – The Lone Star State