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Albany in Shackelford County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Fort Griffin Fandangle

 
 
Fort Griffin Fandangle Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, June 27, 2015
1. Fort Griffin Fandangle Marker
Inscription. In July 1938, area residents gathered here to participate in the first showing of the Fort Griffin Fandangle. Earlier that year, Albany High School drama teacher Robert Nail, Jr. wrote and directed a play depicting the settling of the Fort Griffin area. Receiving support from the local chamber of commerce, Nail created a similar show, leading to the Fandangle’s first performance.
     Nail relied on volunteers for every aspect of the show, which included period costumes, livestock, elaborate sets and many performers. Music also played a vital role; later, original songs replaced traditional folk music. Alice Reynolds directed music for the production and served in a variety of other roles for 45 years as an integral part of the Fandangle’s success.
     The acclaimed show became an annual affair. It went on hiatus due to World War II, but returned once Nail came back from military service. In 1964, performers were invited to help inaugurate an amphitheatre in Palo Duro Canyon for the show, “Texas.” The next year, the Fandangle moved from the stadium to the newly built Prairie Theatre. In 1967, the production accepted an invitation to present a show at President Lyndon B. Johnson’s ranch. In 1968, Nail died suddenly; despite the loss of the show’s creator and director, the Fandangle continued.
     Through the
Fort Griffin Fandangle Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, June 27, 2015
2. Fort Griffin Fandangle Marker
years, thousands of Albany residents have participated in the Fandangle as writers, composers, lyricists, choreographers, designers, lights and sound specialists, musicians, dancers, actors and make-up artists. Today, the Fort Griffin Fandangle, as a true people’s theatre, continues to employ the talents of Albany residents in creating a unique telling of the area’s pioneer story.
 
Erected 2008 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 14396.)
 
Location. 32° 43.565′ N, 99° 17.752′ W. Marker is in Albany, Texas, in Shackelford County. Marker is at the intersection of Central Street and N. Walnut Street, on the right when traveling east on Central Street. Click for map. Marker is located near the entrance to Robert Nail Memorial Stadium. Marker is in this post office area: Albany TX 76430, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Albany's First Public School (within shouting distance of this marker); Texas Central Railway Company (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Albany News (about 500 feet away); City of Albany (about 600 feet away); Ledbetter Picket House
Marker near Entrance to Robert Nail Memorial Stadium image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, June 27, 2015
3. Marker near Entrance to Robert Nail Memorial Stadium
(about 600 feet away); Ledbetter Salt Works CSA (about 700 feet away); Georgia Battalion Memorial (about 700 feet away); First United Methodist Church of Albany (approx. 0.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Albany.
 
Also see . . .
1. Fort Griffin Fandangle - Official Website. (Submitted on July 10, 2015.)
2. Fort Griffin Fandangle. From the Texas State Historical Association’s “Handbook of Texas Online”. (Submitted on July 10, 2015.) 
 
Categories. Arts, Letters, MusicEntertainment
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page has been viewed 164 times since then and 19 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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