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WHITE SETTLEMENT, TEXAS

Tarrant County, North Central Texas
Just off Interstate Highway 820
Adjoining Fort Worth

Population: 14,831 (2000)

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Allen Log Cabin, White Settlement  Texas
The Allen Cabin that has recently been moved to the grounds of the White Settlement Historical Museum. TE Photo February 2004

History in a Pecan Shell

White Settlement dates to the 1850s, shortly after the establishment of Fort Worth (November 1849) and the creation of Tarrant County. The name comes from the fact that there were no Indians living in the immediate vicinity. At that time there were only one or two trading posts and scattered farms that extended across hostile territory from Fort Worth to the Parker County line. The road leading into Parker County was known as the White Settlement Road.

An organized community developed around the homesteads of the three Farmer Brothers from Tennessee. John Farmer had his first cabin burned by hostile Indians. The Farmer Brothers were later joined by a fellow Tennesseean named Paul Isbell who provided a footnote in Texas history by playing a prominent role in the hanging of two men believed to be organizing a rebellion of slaves in 1860.

Other settlers came from Kentucky in 1854 in a ten wagon “train,” settling on the creek known as Framer’s Branch.

After the Civil War the town remained a frontier outpost, but when the threat of Indian attack was removed, it grew. The town was granted a post office in 1866 which closed sometime in the 1870s. In the 1880s the town was bypassed by the railroads and growth remained slow until WWII when Carswell Air Force Base was built (1942) and nearby aircraft plants employeed thousands. White Settlement incorporated in 1950.

The White Settlement Museum
8320 Hanon Drive 817.246.9719

Allen Log Cabin historical marker, White Settlement  Texas
TE Photo February 2004
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