The Ripley Arnold article in the Star-Telegram was pretty good. Certainly if a Fort Worth historical figure deserves more recognition, it should be Arnold.
However, placing his memorial in the park at the far end of North Taylor Street on the banks of the West Fork seems rather inappropriate. It’s 100 feet lower than the original fort site on the bluff.
Also, Arnold specifically sited the fort high on the bluff to avoid the unhealthy bogs along the river in order to keep his troops healthy. The dampness, mud and mosquitoes were definitely something to be avoided.
Ironically, in the fifth paragraph there is a description of a soldier seeing Ripley Arnold standing on the bluff and gazing toward the northern horizon. Brevet Maj. Arnold certainly isn’t going to see much horizon from this new location.
Wouldn’t it have been much more appropriate to clean the debris from the shamefully neglected Upper Heritage Park area, replacing it with a simple overlook and walking trails?
Including a prominent place for Ripley Arnold to stand looking at the northern horizon and “listening to the footsteps of the oncoming thousands” as they enjoy Fort Worth.
— Pete Charlton, Fort Worth