Fort Belknap and Graham, TX, Saturday, September 17, 8am

Join us for a great country drive, a visit to historic Fort Belknap in Newcastle, a delicious buffet lunch at the Graham Country Club, and a visit to Graham's Old Post Office Museum at the center of the town's signature courthouse square.


We have planned a very nice drive on country roads after we clear Fort Worth.  Our first destination will be Fort Belknap, which was established in 1851 as a northern anchor on the Texas frontier line of defense. The garrison protected travelers and settlers from Indian raids by the Kiowa and Comanche. Abandoned by federal troops in 1861, Confederate state troops of the Frontier Regiment occupied the fort at various times during the Civil War. Federal troops reoccupied it in 1867 before it was abandoned for good that same year. A handful of buildings remain in the park-like setting, and a small museum in the old commissary chronicles frontier history. Fort Belknap was designated as a National Historic Landmark in 1960.

After seeing the fort, we will proceed to the Graham Country Club for a delicious buffet lunch.  MBCA members and Graham residents Bennie and Dorothy Lane have graciously offered to sponsor our group at their private club.  After lunch, we will visit Graham's Old Post Office Museum, a historic building on Graham's courthouse square, claimed to be the largest such square in the country. The old building, which served Graham for 57 years, houses many artifacts from Young County history plus photographs of Graham and surrounding communities dating back from the 1800's.  After our museum visit, we recommend you explore the square at your leisure before your drive home.

NOTE:  Please sign up and pay your event fee as soon as possible so we can assure ample food and sufficient space for everyone.  We will close registration when our venues inform us we have reached capacity.  First come, first served.

8am   Meet at Cracker Barrel below

9:50   Fort Belknap visit
11:30 Lunch at Graham Country Club
1:10   Old Post Office Museum, Graham Square

Buffet Lunch will include:
Chicken Fried Steak and Fried Catfish

Mixed-Green Salad, Mashed Potatoes, Green Beans and Corn-on-the-cob
Peach Cobbler
Iced Tea or Coffee

Cost and Signup:

We will charge an all-inclusive event fee of $35 per person for MBCA members and their immediate family.  The fee will cover the cost of your buffet lunch including taxes and service charge, the cost of the private room, and other sundries. Non-members are welcome, and will be charged $45 each. Admission to both museums are free, but the Old Post Office Museum will welcome donations. Please register and pay your event fee as soon as possible. You have 2 ways to pay:


1) To pay the event fee online using your credit card ($5 per member, $10 per non-member):

Click the button below to pay via PayPal. You do not need a PayPal Account to do so. If you have a mix of members and non-members attending, use the drop-down menu below to select "MBCA Member", then click the "Add to Cart" button. From the PayPal screen, click "Continue Shopping" (Note: if PayPal's "Continue Shopping" link takes you to the wrong place, click on your web browser's "back" arrow.) Then, use the drop-down menu below to select "Non-Member", then click "Add to Cart" . After you are done, click "Proceed to Checkout" from the PayPal screen. Please ensure the quantities for members and non-members reflect the number of attendees in your party. Your online payment serves as your registration.


Select Member or Non-Member Fee:

2) To pay event fee with a check ($35 per member, $45 per non-member):

Click to sign up via email so we can hold your spot(s), then send your payment as soon as possible.  Make your check payable to MBCA and send to DJ de Jesus, 4159 Charron Lane, Fort Worth, TX 76116. 


Meeting Place and Time:
At 8am (come earlier if you wish to have breakfast), we will meet for a briefing at the Cracker Barrel at 8010 SW Loop 820, Fort Worth (I-20 and Winscott Road, west of Fort Worth), (817) 249-3360 ‎(see map below).  Please be on time.  We will depart immediately after the briefing.