|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
|This marker commemorates the Comanche Reservation site east of Camp Cooper. The marker
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. This old truss bridge with original
wood planks and metal tracks spans the Brazos
River. You can't drive over the bridge now, but WOW
is it ever scenic!
|The perils I go through to uncover history... 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 - this is like a Larry McMurtry novel waiting to happen!
|Of Ghosttowns and Longhorns
|The Flat's drunk tank, complete with grass covered roof.
|Administration building after the boss blew his top. Ha!