Clear Fork: River and Ranch, Land and Legacy (Part 2)

The Clearfork urban village that is being developed on the ranch begun by Lemuel James Edwards (see Part 1) in 1848 eventually will fill with offices, stores, and multifamily housing. And an oak grove overlooking the river has been set aside as an outdoor event rental space.

But first comes the infrastructure, including the new main street, which links Hulen Street and Byrant Irvin Road.

And has given Fort Worth a new traffic circle.

The Chisholm Trail Parkway also will run through Clearfork, leapfrogging over Clearfork’s main street.

Here is something that Lemuel James Edwards would recognize amid all the new. The dual construction projects—Clearfork and Chisholm Trail Parkway—necessitated the relocation of livestock and wildlife that were on the ranchland. But this water trough and this feed trough remain as reminders of the old amid the new.

Indeed, most of the land of Clearfork is still open fields, fenced off from the new main street by barbed wire. Out in those open fields you can see three words formed from cut-out letters. Big words. The letters stand at least six feet tall. The three words are well spaced from each other on the prairie land where Lemuel James Edwards first ran his cattle 165 years ago. I don’t know the intended significance of the three words, but two of them are “Discover” and “Vision.”

And the third word? It’s “Legacy.” Lemuel James Edwards left a big one:

Tomorrow: A Renaissance Man and a Dream Come True

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