Fort Clark is actually near the town of Brackettville. Once called Las Moras the town popped up after the United States government decided on the location of Fort Clark. Later named Brackettville for Oscar Brackett who ran a supply village for the growing Fort.
Near the shores of Las Moras Creek (named for the many Mulberry trees in the area by the early Spanish explorers of Texas, who also camps near the shores) was a perfect spot for a Fort, or any other development in West Texas because of the many springs in the area. The spring was most likely named something else by the many Indians and various tribes that for 12,000 years had camped near the springs. By the beginning of the Civil War three officer's quarters, a hospital, and two storehouse's had been built. During the Civil War, after Texas seceded, federal troops left the Texas Mounted rifles took up residence. The current historic district was built between 1870 and 1875, after the federal government returned.
In 1872, the Seminole-Negro Indian Scouts came to the Fort Clark to serve as scouts for the Army and remained there until 1914. Many infantry units and all Calvary units, including the ninth and 10th black Buffalo Soldiers, were stationed at Fort Clark at different times.
During World War II Fort Clark was a German prisoner of war sub camp. Fort Clark had been primarily a horse-Calvary post and by 1944 mechanical advances but the horses to pasture and the 4000-acre fort closed.
Today Fort Clark Springs is a 2700 acre gated resort. The historical area has over 80 historic buildings, which are all privately maintained. There is a spring fed pool, golf course, military museum and you can spend the night in the old stone two-story Calvary barracks with... of course, the ghosts.
Central Texas legend states that the ghost of a man named Jake still resides in and around this bridge. He likes to have fun with crossing cars and some even believe that he tries to push them off.
Jake (his last name is unknown) was a simple cotton farmer during the Great Depression. The life of a cotton farmer wasn't the easiest one, especially in a place like the Texas Hill Country. Some years drought would sweep the land, and nothing grew. Others would bring far too much rain and flooding ensued. In 1931, the price of cotton had dropped to an all-time low of less than 6 cents per pound, nearly a 300% drop from just 2 years before. As a result, many farmers lost everything, and some lost their will to live.
There are a few versions of what happened to Jake. The more popular one claims that he murdered his wife and two children in their home and, after realizing what he had done, hanged himself from a wooden bridge close by. Another take is that he ended the lives of his parents by pushing a car containing their bodies off that same bridge. Shortly afterward, he burned to death when his house caught fire. Both accounts have tragedy inside his home and on the bridge.
Today, coming from inside the now abandoned house, there are reports of screaming children, clattering footsteps, and the voice of a man that says, "I'm coming for you." The cemetery in Hutto where Jake is buried glows at night when approached. It is the bridge, however, that attracts the most attention. Thousands of Texans and adventure-seekers alike, drive out to the bridge late at night in hopes of crossing Jake's path. It is said that if your car is stopped on the bridge, and in neutral, it will slowly begin to move across. People have even dusted the trunk of their cars with powder and gone out to the bridge. After it has been moved across unexplainably, there is seen the distinct outline of handprints where the powder once was. Many critics easily try to dismiss this phenomenon by stating that the bridge must not be level. A simple gust of wind and gravity would bring you across right? Yes, but the bridge is fairly new and been proven level. There have also been accounts of cars mysteriously crossing from both directions. Gravity goes down not up.
This year, during the week of Halloween, Austin news station KXAN, reported on the bridge and tested it out. No powder was used, but the car involved did move across the bridge twice without human assistance.