The settlers christened the oxbow "Lake Sophia". They used the curvature of her eastern bank to establish their settlement in a position of natural defense against the Indian tribes that inhabited the area. The year was 1841, a significant one for the birth of what would become the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex. This initial fledgling settlement became known as Bird's Fort.
In 2022, the oxbow lake and it's immediate surroundings are one of the last vestiges of North Texas wilderness to remain relatively unchanged. It lies all but hidden in the heart of Arlington's bustling Viridian development. This place is, in every respect, the birthplace of DFW. It is one of the most historically significant sites in North Texas, and yet it is in grave danger of losing its historical identity, of disappearing altogether.
Our mission is to preserve the site as well as its history. Won't you join us?
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