|Jack Loftin: A Red River Remarkable
|This home-made marker, erected by the Archer and Young County historical societies, commemorates Rock Station (which never existed)
along the Butterfield Overland Stagecoach trail. It also alludes to the Warren Wagon Train Massacre, the prelude to the Red River Wars.
|Once I found this marker along the old alignment of US 82, I had to learn
more about the person who made it. The folks at Fort Richardson (Jack
county) were exteremely helpful in this endeavor.
|North Star School, 1898-1943 (north of Scotland along US 281
in Archer County)
|The Rock Station marker's foundation attests to the
collaboration between Archer and Young county historical
societies. Both share frontier histories.
|This 1977 article in the Archer County News explains the marker placement and the history of Sheriff Ikard's sad demise in the 1920s.
|The former Archer County Jail is today's Archer County
Museum. Loftin helped to catalog, research, and preserve many
|In the 19th century, stone markers like these were used on postal roads to
guide travelers to their destinations in Young and Archer counties. Their
existence makes me wonder if they served as inspiration for Jack Loftin's
stone monument program.
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