Betty Porter Collection

Birds Fort Marker


Summary: Donor is Founder and Director of the Birdville Museum located in Haltom City, Texas. The museum opened in May 2011. Donor was president of Birdville Historical Society when that group took a field trip to "Grapevine Springs Park" near Coppell in Dallas County in October 29, 2005. Photographs were made during that tour. Grapevine Springs is believed to be the campground for Sam Houston on his journey to meet with Native American representatives of Texas tribes in August 1843. The Treaty of Bird's Fort was the result of this journey. Porter also donated a portion of a university thesis written on Heritage Park, which is located in downtown Fort Worth. Image shown is of the Bird's Fort Historical Marker on old Calloway Lake taken post-1970 by an unknown photographer. According to donor, this marker is no longer present at the location.


Grapevine Springs and Bird's Fort Sites

  • Twenty-three photographs, 4 by 6 inches color prints, of Grapevine Springs Tour:

    1. Texas Historical Commission marker for Grapevine Springs Park
    2. Coppell Historical Society sign for Grapevine Springs Park
    3. Close up of number two
    4. Grapevine Lions Club marker, 1937
    5. Narrative marker for park with details on A. Webb Roberts, donor of land
    6. Tree trunk at Grapevine Springs
    7. Canal winding through park
    8. Narrow portion of canal with rock boundaries
    9. Rock chimney probably from WPA era
    10. Rock spring cover with grate (WPA era)
    11. View of park showing rock spring cover with bell
    12. Pathway in park
    13. Portion of canal overgrown with thicket
    14. Park pathways by canal trenches
    15. Park view with winding pathways and foot bridge
    16. Rock walls with shelter
    17. Part of fallen rock wall
    18. -  23. Birdville Historical Society walking through park and listening to guide, Jim Dunkel speaking on Trails of North Texas; Dr. Paul Benson, history professor at Mountain View College was host for the tour
Heritage Park, Fort Worth
  • The Fate of Lawrence Halprin's Public Spaces: Three Case Studies, by Alison B. Hirsch. University of Pennsylvania. Presented in fulfillment of requirements for a Master's Degree in Historic Preservation, 2005. Spiral bound, machine copies. Section One of Hirsch's thesis relates to Heritage Park, Halprin's commissioned park done for the City of Fort Worth and the Streams and Valleys Committee in honor of the Bicentennial celebration of the United States
Birdville Baptist Church
  • Birdville Baptist Church 160th Anniversary flyer. Black ink, two-sided on light blue paper 8.5 by 11 inches.  Shows pictures of pastors, congregations; verso has history of Birdville