Fort Oldham  LbNA # 63308 (ARCHIVED)

OwnerBaby Bear      
Placed DateOct 12 2012
LocationOldham Chapel, Cooks Point, TX
Found By
Last Found
Hike Distance?

Difficutly: Easy, except drive to it
Distance to Box: 20 yards


***** Part of the Other Forts of Texas Series *****

Fort Oldham was a settlers fort. Here is the brief history from the Texas Online History: FORT OLDHAM. Fort Oldham, a mile east of Farm Road 1362 in central Burleson County, was a private fort and stopping place on the Independence-Tenoxtitlán road during the Republic of Texas. It was located on land belonging to Maj. William Oldham, who purchased it from Hendrick Arnold in September 1837. Fort Oldham was probably a fortified house built by Major Oldham on his property. Settlers in the area took refuge there during Indian alarms around 1837–38, but no record survives of the fort's actually having been attacked. By July 1838 a post office was operating at the site, and in 1841 Fort Oldham was a station on post office route 22 (the route connecting Independence and Franklin via Mound Prairie, Fort Oldham, Tenoxtitlán, and Nashville). The site is on land still owned by black descendants of Major Oldham.

Nothing remains of the fort, thus located at only place I could find near the site.

From Caldwell, go northeast on Hwy 21 to Cooks Point. Turn right on FM 1362 and go about 2.5 miles. Turn left on CR226 and go down about 1 mile to church on the left and park along road.

To the Minibox:
Walk up the sidewalk to the front door steps. Box is on right side back side base of steps, in pill tube painted green.