City of Fort Worth, TX

05/25/2024 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 05/25/2024 10:18

What updates do you want to see at Mosier Valley Park

What updates do you want to see at Mosier Valley Park?

Published on May 25, 2024

Fort Worth Park & Recreation wants residents to help plan future updates to Mosier Valley Park, the historic community where the first freed Texans settled after news of the Emancipation Proclamation spread across the nation.

Event details: Share your thoughts at a public meeting at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 8, at Mosier Valley Park, 11220 Mosier Valley Road. District 5 Councilmember Gyna Bivens will host the meeting.

Historical background: Mosier Valley was established in the 1870s on the north bank of the Trinity River just south of Hurst, Euless and Bedford, according to the Texas State Historical Association. It was founded by Robert and Dilsie Johnson and 10 other emancipated slave families.

Trinity River bottomland was given and sold to the freedmen by the Mosier and Lee plantation families, and the families established a close-knit farming community.

The heyday of Mosier Valley was from about 1910 through the 1930s. During this time it reached its peak population of perhaps 300. The area was annexed by Fort Worth in 1963.

In 2014, the City Council approved acquiring about 4 acres of land on the south side of Mosier Valley Road and west of Vine Street and Knapp Street from the Hurst-Euless-Bedford Independent School District and Tarrant County to build Mosier Valley Park.

Photo:Land for Mosier Valley Park was acquired in 2014, and updates continue today.

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