|A view onto the colorful, scrubby north Texas prairie from the Administration building ruins.
|Fort Griffin is now a state historic site that lies in extreme northeast Shackelford County.
From Denton, take US 380 west to Throckmorton. Go south on US 283 to Fort Griffin.
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.
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.
From Abilene, take I20 east to Baird and go north on US 283.
|The only evidence of Camp Cooper and the Comanche Indian Reservation is this marker, which reads:
Site of the principal village of the Comanche Indian Reservation.
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 U.S. and Texas established a reservation for the Comanches, which Camp Cooper protected against the encroaching white settlers. A
Comanche School was founded 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, like this abandoned truss bridge.
|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, indicates that the town of Fort Griffin did succumb in favor of Albany.
|Administration building after the boss blew his top. Ha!
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|Ranching became a mainsta at Fort Griffin (the town) once the military fort closed and the cattle drives on the Great Western Trail diminished.
This is the W O O brand (Fort Griffin Echo, 1881)
|Another snippet from the Fort Griffin Echo in 1881 explains that there is NO WAY theirs was a dying town.
|The bridge at Fort Griffin (Flat) had originally cross-hatching on its lower trusses. (Library of Congress, historic strucutre survey).