|St. Jean Baptiste Los Adaes Fort Claiborne
Fort Jesup Fort Towson Fort Washita Fort Belknap
Fort Phantom Hill Fort Griffin Fort Richardson Fort Sill
|Administration building after the boss blew his top. Ha!
|A view onto the colorful, scrubby north
Texas prairie from the Administration
|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
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 terrorized them until the
band was forced into Indian
|Fort Griffin Flat
is now a ghost
town, but offers
relics, like this
|I discovered this
over the Brazos River
on my way to the
Camp Cooper site.
|The Flat's drunk tank, complete with grass covered roof and a cactus
growing on top.
|Ranching became a mainstay 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
its lower trusses.
|The Great Western Trail helped to
make Fort Griffin Flat a vibrant town
on the scrubby prairie.