Fort Fisher (1837) – The fort 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 barracks were little more than timber shacks. 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 Texas Ranger Hall of Fame and Museum is located nearby.
© Kathy Weiser, updated December 2017.