By Sharon Loveall
Tejas Trails is a beautiful neighborhood filled with lovely homes of young families and retired folks and everyone in between. It is also full of Fort Worth history. The Tannahill Home, located on the corner of Silver Creek Road and Verna Trail North, was built using rocks from the nearby creek bank in 1874 where Judge Tannahill used his front room for a Post Office from 1878 to 1885. The home was also a stagecoach station for the first stop west of Fort Worth. The house was sold in 1894 to early pioneer William Thomas Tinsley (1858-1909) and in 1945 to Mrs. Verna Burns Stubbs. It is currently owned by Emily Leonard. A Texas State Historical Marker was placed in 1979.
The Tejas Trails subdivision was originally developed in the 1960s on land owned by Verna and Johnnie Stubbs and several tracts were sold to individual buyers. Lot sizes varied from one-half acre lots to lots of acreages. There are fishing ponds within the subdivision. Parts of the area crest on a hilltop, where another marker is placed declaring it the highest elevation in Tarrant County with a clear view of the surrounding area and some of the prettiest views in all of Fort Worth.
That’s a small part of its history. So what makes it so special now? Natives of Fort Worth don’t know this area exists! When I bought my home three years ago, my high school buddies were surprised to learn that this neighborhood even existed. The large lot sizes, the beautiful views, the feel of living in the county but being so close to downtown are huge pluses to the people who live here. And they live here a long, long time.
But as with everything worthwhile in life, it is the people of Tejas Trails that make it interesting, vibrant, vital and cohesive. We actually have a resident historian and archaeologist who keeps our history alive and searches the area for insights into the history of this area.
The neighborhood is pushing to become more “neighborly” by hosting get-togethers and meetings so we can get to know each other better and become involved in improving neighborhood relations. We have regular events to clean up the road leading into our area, and we work closely with surrounding areas to improve our way of life. We want all of our 221 homes to be engaged in what is happening around us.
As for me, I was born at Carswell Air Force Base but left Texas after college, never planning on moving back. But retirement made me rethink about where my roots were and I bought my home in 2019 sight unseen after living in Nashville for 40 years.
My backyard view is the main reason I chose this home that has over an acre, mature trees, a unique design, and lots of light and windows. I am planning on not leaving until they carry me out! Hopefully, that will be a long time from now. So in the meantime, I will continue to sing praises for the best-kept secret in Fort Worth – Tejas Trails!
Sharon Loveall is a retired singer and lives with her dog Jack. In the 1970s, she was a part of a disco cover band.
Total population: 1,661
Female: 50% | Male: 50%
80 and older: 5%
No degree: 2%
High school: 16%
Some college: 20%
Bachelor’s degree: 37%
White: 88% | Asian: 6% | Hispanic: 0% | Black: 4% | Two or more: 2%
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