|A view onto the colorful, scrubby north Texas
prairie from the Administration building ruins.
|How to get there
Fort Griffin lies in extreme northeast
Shackelford County along US Hwy 283.
If you come due North East:
From Denton, take US 380 west to
Throckmorton. Go south on US 283 - Fort
Griffin will be on the right.
If you come due East:
From Fort Worth, take Interstate 20 west to
Baird, then go north on US 283 (through
Albany). Fort Griffin will be on the left.
Alternately, you can take I20 west to
Weatherford. Take the US 180 exit , and drive
west to Albany, then go north on US 283.
If you come due North:
Take US 283 from either US 67 (west from
Lawton, Oklahoma), US 287 (west from
Wichita Falls, Texas) or US 82 (Southwest
from Wichita Falls, Texas) and follow that all
the way south to Fort Griffin.
If you come due West:
From Abilene, take I20 east to Baird and go
north on US 283.
|Established in 1854 - Here Col. Robert E. Lee, C.S.A., then commanding Camp Cooper, held
a Peace Treaty with Chief Cacumseh on April 11, 1854.
The Comanches were forced onto a reservation, which Camp Cooper protected against the
encroaching white settlers. A Comanche School was established nearby. But the white
settlers, weary of the Indian battles and leery of the Comanches, terrorized them until the
band was forced into Indian Territory.
|Fort Griffin Flat is now a ghost town, but offers
some interesting relics.
|I discovered this precarious footbridge over the Brazos River on my way to the Camp Cooper site.
There were lots of beer bottles around the iron ropes, no doubt discarded by responsible young people.
|Of Ghosttowns and Longhorns
|The Flat's drunk tank, complete with grass covered roof.
|Administration building after
the boss blew his top. Ha!
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