|About the Fort that was not Spanish
|Though Spanish Fort has a storied past, there are few reminders of it. The last remaining building from its commercial district dates from the
1910s and has become one of the most photographed ghost town ruins in the state.
|Spanish Fort's 1924 school house may be abandoned, but it's still a looker.
|You may think I posted this map on the wrong angle, but you'd be wrong. The Red River runs north/south parallel to Spanish Fort. San Teodoro
was on the Texas (western) side, and San Bernardo was on the Oklahoma eastern) side of the river. (TGLO)
|An 1896 map of northern Texas, found in Green's Atlas (LOC), shows Spanish Fort in bold - denoting its importance at this time. Red River
Station is to the west of Spanish Fort.
|Brass ornament, either French or Spanish in origin, found at San Bernardo during an archaeological excavation in the 1960s.
(OK Genweb, Jefferson County.)
|Lamp, lawnmower, and bed springs, American or Chinese in origin, found at Spanish Fort during my nosing around in the 2000s. Ha, ha.
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|One of the Red River Valley's most intriguing ghost towns is Spanish Fort in Montague County, Texas. Throughout its
fascinating history, this little hamlet -which wasn't really that little when it was in its prime - saw cowboys, Indian battles, French
traders, Spanish dragoons, card sharps, boot makers, and wildcatter's traverse its streets. The town's name intrigues, as well...
so, how did Spanish Fort come to be known as Spanish Fort?
|From Texas, travel to Nocona in Montague County along US 82. Turn north on Nocona's Clay
Street / FM 103 and follow it for a good 20 miles to Spanish Fort. From Oklahoma, take OK 32 to
Courtney. Then, turn south onto OK 89 which turns into FM 677 south of the Red River. This road
ends at Illinois Bend. Turn east onto FM 2953. When it ends, turn north onto FM 103 and follow it
to Spanish Fort. Here's a map that may help you out.
|Spanish Fort figures prominently in Red River Historian's newest book,
Traveling History among the Ghosts: Abandoned Places along the Red River
Valley. Find your copy on Amazon or through Red River Historian Press!