Major Ripley Arnold


As a Major in the U.S. Army, Arnold was sent to establish a military post near the West Fork and the Clear Fork of the Trinity River that he called Camp Worth after his superior officer, Gen. William J. Worth, which later became Fort Worth. Arnold was killed at Fort Graham in 1853 and is buried at the Pioneer’s Rest Cemetery. He was said to have received the first Masonic Rites ever performed in Fort Worth.