What’s Your Playsets Namesake
Rich with Texas heritage, Backyard Fun Factory creates quality redwood swing sets that are built on family values. Many of our customers have asked where we came up with the names for our playsets. Check out the list below and see what inspired your family’s playset.
Fun Shack Playset: The Fun Shack playset name was created to highlight Backyard Fun Factory’s trademark “Crooked Window” design on a “Shack” while incorporating “Fun” for kids.
Maverick Playset: Paying tribute to our Texas heritage, the Maverick playset was created as an independent entity that will forge its own way, such as that of mid -19th century Texas engineer and rancher, Samuel Maverick, who did not brand his cattle in a time when branding was an integral part of the cowboy culture.
Mustang Playset: The Mustang playset was created to give homage to the wild horses of Texas, Mustangs. The first Spanish horses (on record) were brought to Texas in 1542 by the Moscoso expedition. Mustangs brought some of the first Americans. In 1785 Philip Nolan visited Texas seeking permission to capture and remove the wild horses. Thomas Jefferson wrote Nolan in 1798 asking for information about the habits of the wild horses of Texas.
Fort Stockton Playset: The Fort Stockton playset was named after Fort Stockton, Texas (previously named Camp Stockton until 1860), the county seat of Pecos County, is northwest of San Antonio and east of El Paso. The abundant water supply of Comanche Springs made Fort Stockton a regular stop on early frontier crossroads, and it was here that these trails intersected the Comanche War Trail. Family tribute – Fort Stockton, Texas is also where Jarrod’s sister, Jana Jeffcoat-Huggins was born.
Fort Ticonderoga Playset: With two of our largest dealers located in the north eastern U.S., our designers thought it only fitting to incorporate a fort from their region, Fort Ticonderoga. Fort Ticonderoga, formerly Fort Carillon, is a large 18th-century star-shaped fort in northern New York. Constructed during the French and Indian War, the fort was of strategic importance during the 18th-century colonial conflicts between Great Britain and France, and again played an important role during the American Revolutionary War. Isn’t it only fitting that a huge fort would have a huge name!
Fort Concho Playset: We created the Fort Concho playset in honor of Fort Concho, Texas. Fort Concho, established in 1935, is the seat of Tom Green County in West Texas. It was considered to be “one of the most beautiful and best ordered posts in Texas.” Concho was established as a United States Army post in 1867. During its 22-year existence as an active Army fort, Concho mainly served to protect frontier settlers, stagecoaches, wagon trains, the United States mail, and maintain trade routes.
Fort Davis Playset: Our Fort Davis playset was created with respect to Fort Davis, Texas. The site of Fort Davis was established in 1854 in west Texas and named after Jefferson Davis. The U.S. Army tamed the wild Texas frontier and opened it up for settlement. The Fort lodged the troops needed to patrol and protect the area from Apaches. During the Civil War, the fort was attacked by Apaches and abandoned. In 1867, The Ninth U.S. Cavalry reoccupied the fort and the town experienced new growth as an important West Texas crossroads. Family tribute – Jarrod’s grandfather was named Davis Jones.
Ranchero Playset: The Ranchero playset was named with respect to Texas ranchers. Ranchero in the Spanish language means a rancher, a person working on a ranch. Texas ranchers raised cattle and lived off the land. Cattle and other livestock were simply turned loose in the spring after their young were born and allowed to roam, then rounded up in the fall, with the mature animals driven to market and the breeding stock brought close to the ranch for protection in the winter. The use of livestock branding allowed for cattle identification for the ranchers. Beginning with the settlement of Texas in the 1840s, ranching dominated western economic activity providing work for many rancheros. Family tribute – Jarrod owns a car called a Ranchero.
Fort Ranger Playset: Fort Ranger was named for the oldest state law enforcement agency in North America, the Texas Rangers. The Rangers have a heritage that began with the earliest settlements in Texas. They have been compared to other world-famous law enforcement agencies, the FBI, Scotland Yard, and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.
Cowtown Series was named in honor of our very own “Cowtown,” Fort Worth. Between 1866 and 1890, drovers trailed more than four million head of cattle through Fort Worth. The city soon became known as “Cowtown.” When the railroad arrived in 1876, Fort Worth became a major shipping point for livestock prompting the city to build the Union Stockyards, now known as the Fort Worth Stockyards. True to its history, the Stockyards still hosts the world’s only twice-daily cattle drive, and every week, thousands of head of cattle are sold from the Exchange Building by satellite video.
Wrangler Playset: Wrangler was named on behalf of the young Texas wranglers. The trail drives of the 1800s were necessary to move longhorn cattle from Texas to the north. All trail drives included a cook, the trail boss, some had a foreman, and a horse wrangler. The horse wrangler usually was the youngest member of the outfit. He was a boy who was old enough to do a man’s work. The wrangler handled the 6-8 horses needed for each cowboy, between 60-70 horses. He drove them by day, found a pasture for them at night and rounded them up several times a day so the cowboys could change horses, as needed.
Rustler Playset: This redwood playset gives reference to a more common Texas outlaw, the Rustler. Cattle theft was a common hazard of early settlers in Texas. Most rustlers of the open-range era were cowboys who had drifted into dubious practices. They knew the cattle country and were adept at roping, branding, and trailing. More common was the theft of large unbranded calves. When a ranchman neglected to brand his unweaned calves it was easy for the rustler to cut a pasture fence, drive the calves to his corral, and stamp his own brand upon them.
If you have any ideas of a fort name we should use in the future, please let us know.