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“Nice History” 3 of 5 bubbles
Review of Fort Griffin State Historical Park

Fort Griffin State Historical Park
Ranked #2 of 6 things to do in Albany
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Rolling plains and historic ruins blend for stargazing, camping and a glimpse into Texas' military past at Fort Griffin State Historic Site. Holding command over the Southern Plains, the fort served as one in a line of western defensive forts. Included among the ruins are a mess hall, barracks, first sergeant's quarters, bakery, powder magazine and hand-dug well. fort Griffin is also home to the Official State of Texas Longhorn Herd, the breed that helped create the mythical Texas cowboy. For a true taste of the old west, the site offers camping, fishing, hiking, and historical reenactments.
Abilene, Texas
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“Nice History”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 31, 2012

Old or run down historic houses. Nice field trip idea though

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Aubrey, Texas
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“Historic Ruins and Nice Views”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 3, 2012

Fort Griffin was the most important frontier fort in Texas after the Civil War. It and the town nearby were a hub of activity in the war with the Indians and for trade. The remains of some original fort buildings and the reconstruction of others provide a good idea of the size of the installation. The location of the fort high above the Clear Fork of the Brazos River provides nice views over the surrounding countryside. The official state longhorn herd has a home here. For people with an interest in the history of the frontier, this is a must see.
Also interesting is the The Flat ghost town below the fort where the original jail still stands along with a few reconstructed buildings. The Texas Historical Commission marker states that frontier notables Doc Holliday and Wyatt Earp were there, along with characters named Big Nose Kate and Hurricane Minnie. Cattle drives along the Western Trail came through on their way North to markets. An abandoned 19th century metal bridge over the river is closed to traffic but can be walked over. The staff of the fort's visitor center can provide driving directions to the ghost town.
Across the highway is a recreation area with camp sites. At site #13, steps lead down to the river. The angle is steep and some steps are high.

Visited January 2012
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