Near Albany in Shackelford County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
Frontier Town of Fort Griﬃn
Fort Griffin sat on the high ground above the river. A settlement developed between it and the water’s edge. The town, known also as “the Flat,” included merchants, cattlemen and their families. Its permanent populace supported a newspaper, the Fort Griffin Echo, as well as an academy, Masonic lodge and several stores and saloons. A rough element of cowboys, gamblers and renegades mixed with black and white troops to form a lawless scene. Among those attracted to the town were Doc Holliday, Wyatt Earp, Lottie Deno, Big Nose Kate, Hurricane Bill and Hurricane Minnie.
Fort Griffin was a stop for buffalo hide trade, and hides awaiting shipment crowded town lots. Located along the Western Cattle Trail, it included immigrant residents from several countries.
Erected 2004 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 13028.)
Location. 32° 55.924′ N, 99° 13.804′ W. Marker is near Albany, Texas, in Shackelford County. Marker is on County Road 184 0.6 miles west of U.S. 283, on the left when traveling west. Touch for map. 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. The Western Cattle Trail Crossings at Fort Griffin (here, next to this marker); Fort Griffin Civil Jail (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Fort Griffin Lodge Hall (about 700 feet away); Fort Griffin (approx. 0.4 miles away); Russell Young Gilbert Civilian Conservation Corps at Fort Griffin (approx. 0.7 miles away); Family Forts, C.S.A. (approx. 0.8 miles away); Black Cemetery (approx. 0.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Albany.
Also see . . .
1. Fort Griffin, TX. From the Texas State Historical Association’s “Handbook of Texas Online”. (Submitted on April 5, 2016.)
2. The Post on Government Hill. From the Texas Beyond History website, an extensive web page with photos, illustrations, and maps of Fort Griffin, the town of Fort Griffin, and the Western Trail. (Submitted on April 5, 2016.)
Categories. • Forts, Castles • Settlements & Settlers •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on April 5, 2016, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page has been viewed 217 times since then and 60 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on April 5, 2016, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas.