Statue of Brevet Maj. Ripley Arnold is dedicated

06/06/2014 3:53 PM

06/06/2014 3:54 PM

This city of almost 800,000 began as a frontier Army outpost to protect Anglo settlers seeking land from the unhappy Indians they were displacing. But on Friday, the 165th anniversary of the fort’s founding, those groups came together to dedicate a statue to Brevet Maj. Ripley Allen Arnold.

Arnold, commander of the dragoons who built a fort on the bluffs above the confluence of the West Fork and Clear Fork of the Trinity River, finally was recognized with a statue in the newly created John V. McMillan Plaza below the bluff on the north bank of the river.

The Comanche Indian Veterans Association, the Naval Air Station Fort Worth color guard and the Calvary Christian Academy Dragoons took part in the dedication.

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