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Fort Griffin, Throckmorton Texas

Though there is little left of old fort, and even less of the settlement that formed below the bluff, Fort Griffin was one of the wildest places in all of the Old West.Built on the rolling hills between the West Fork of the Trinity River and Clear Fork of the Brazos River, the area was a dangerous place as settlers made their way into Texas, conflicting with the Plains Indians who had long called the area their exclusive hunting grounds. Though Forts Belknap, Phantom Hill and Camp Cooper had already been built in the 1840’s, they were not enough to protect new settlers. However, the Civil War interrupted any additional fort building until it was over. Then, afterwards, the government began to build forts once again, including Forts Griffin and Richardson.Work began on Fort Griffin in 1867 when Lieutenant Colonel Samuel arrived with four companies of the Sixth Cavalry on July 31st. The outpost, which was first called Camp Wilson, was built upon a hill overlooking the Clear Fork of the Brazos River. Later the name was changed to Fort Griffin, in honor of the late Major General Charles Griffin, Commander of the Texas Army Department and who had originally made the plans for building the new fort.By the time it was finally complete, the fort would accommodate up to six companies of soldiers and included an administration building, a hospital, officers’ quarters in eleven buildings, numerous barracks, a guardhouse, a bakery, a powder magazine, five storehouses, forage houses, four stables, a laundry, and a workshop.Almost immediately after the fort was completed, a new settlement began at the bottom of the hill, first called “The Bottom,” “The Flat” or “Hidetown,” before it took on the name of the fort. In addition to the honest pioneers who settled the area for legitimate reasons of ranching,  agriculture, and commerce, in flooded a number of ruffians and outlaws.When more and more people continued to arrive, the Indian attacks increased across northern Texas, keeping the soldiers busy in what was called the Red River Campaign, the battles of which continued until 1874, when the Texas Army defeated the Kiowas and Comanches at Palo Duro Canyon.In the meantime, the settlement below the hill was bustling with buffalo hunters, business men, cowboys, outlaws, gamblers, gunfighters, and “painted ladies,” quickly gaining a reputation for lawlessness.Many people would later become well-known in the annals of history, including Doc Holliday and Wyatt Earp, who first met in Fort Griffin.It was at Shaunissy’s Saloon in Fort Griffin that Wyatt Earp first met Doc Holliday. Today, the saloon has been recreated on top of its old foundation. June, 2007, Kathy Weiser. Also there were Big Nose Kate; famous lady gambler, Lottie Deno; lawman, Pat Garrett, and gunfighter, John Wesley Hardin. “Marshaling” the lawless town was outlaw/lawman John M. Larn as sheriff, and his deputy, John Selman who, in the mid 1870’s, were working both sides of the law by controlling the vigilantes and rustling cattle. John Larn; however, would be killed by those same vigilantes inside his own jail in Fort Griffin. Selman, on the other hand, quickly disappeared and almost two decades later would kill John Wesley Hardin. During these lawless times, the settlement was so decadent that it was labeled “Babylon on the Brazos.”

In fact, in 1874, the place was so bad that the commander of the fort placed the town under its control, declaring martial law and forcing many of the undesirable residents to leave. The town remained under the army’s control until Shackelford County was officially formed later in the year. When the fort was built and the town below it sprang up, it was part of Jack County. However, at the same time that the town was boasting its bawdy ways in the extreme, there were also a number of law abiding citizens in the area that wanted to form a new county. Early in 1874, they petitioned the Jack County Court for permission to form their own county. In September, permission was granted and the new county was called Shackelford in honor of Dr. Jack Shackelford, a Texas revolutionary hero. Fort Griffin became the temporary county seat on October 12, 1874.But those law abiding citizens weren’t satisfied with having Fort Griffin, with its immoral reputation, as their county seat. They quickly gathered together and proposed a brand new town in the center of the county to serve as the permanent county seat. On November 8, 1874, area residents voted to establish the new town of Albany to serve the people of the new county.

 

 Here are some of our photos taken of this beautiful old fort.

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Though disappointed at the loss of its county seat status, Fort Griffin continued to bustle, serving as a major supply source for buffalo hunters from 1874 through 1877, and a stop off for the many cowboys herding cattle up the Western Trail to the Dodge City, Kansas railheads. Businesses of all kinds sprouted up to meet the needs of the growing population which including numerous stores, saloons, and restaurants. A newspaper called the Fort Griffin Echo was published from 1879 to 1882, and the town even sported an academy for several years. At its height, Fort Griffin had a permanent population of about 1,000 and an estimated transient population of nearly twice that.

 

However, by the late 1870’s the buffalo on the plains were beginning to dwindle, reducing the many buffalo hunters that called the Fort Griffin home. Vital to the town’s economy, businesses began to suffer and soon packed up and moved to the new town of Albany.

 

In 1881, two events would spell the final death blows for the town of Fort Griffin. By this time, the Indians of the area had been pushed westward or placed on reservations and the soldiers of the fort were no longer needed. After 14 years of guarding the area population, the U.S. flag at the fort was lowered for the last time on May 31st.

 

That same year, the Texas Central Railroad was pushing through the region and Fort Griffin was working desperately to entice them through their city. However, the citizens of nearby Albany raised $50,000 to lure them through their town.

The small town survived for several years, gradually diminishing in size. By the 1940’s the school was consolidated with Albany’s and a short time later the post office closed.

Today, there are only a couple of original buildings left at the town site, but several “new” ones have been reconstructed over original foundations. What’s left of this once thriving town is situated on the Collins Creek Ranch, a wildlife habitat, working ranch, and commercial hunting property. Though privately owned, its owners do allow visitors on the property to view what’s left of this once lawless place.

The fort itself was preserved for years as the Fort Griffin State Historical Park; however, on January 1, 2008, the site was transferred to the Texas Historical Commission. The 506 acre park features the partially restored ruins of old Fort Griffin on the bluff overlooking the old town site and the Clear Fork of the Brazos River Valley. Several buildings remain including the mess hall, barracks, administration building, powder magazine, and the restored bakery. Other remnants include a hand dug well, cistern, numerous foundations, and a rock chimney. The small soldier’s barrack buildings have been recreated. A portion of the official Texas Longhorn herd resides in the park that also provides camping, hiking, fishing, and picnicking.

With the Texas Historical Commission now operating the site, a few changes are currently being made, including clearing the mesquite trees and cactus from the fort, as these are not historically accurate. This vegetation came up the trail with the longhorns. The Visitor’s Center will also be expanded and their are hopes that archaeological digs might be conducted in the future.

The site is open daily year-round. Fort Griffin is located on the Texas Forts Trail on U. S. Highway 283, about 15 miles northeast of Albany, Texas.

 

Contact Information:

Fort Griffin State Historic Site   

1701 North US Highway 283
Albany, Texas 76430
325-762-3592http://www.legendsofamerica.com/tx-fortgriffin.html

 

 

Replicas where the wild town laid At bottom of the cliffs before the river. It is a functional privately owned ranch. Got some cute cows and long horns freely roaming. Beautiful property. Excited that S.G.P was granted night time access as well. Hopefully I can mange getting through the photos and auto in the coming week.

Stamford Inn, Stamford Texas

This old beauty had a very strong feel. Friends and I stopped for a short stroll on memory lane. A time of hope and growth in this old West Texas town.

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Photos from the Compass Bank investigation

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Compass Bank 9-14-2015

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10 Signs your home could be haunted

I’m sure you’ve heard plenty of stories about haunted places and the terrifying things that go on there, but what makes them so haunted?  Hauntings can happen to everyone in all walks of life. Even famous people like Nicolas Cage, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Dane Cook claimed to have lived in haunted places, though most have either moved out or cleaned out the bad spirits. There are plenty of signs to look for when you are in a house that may be haunted, and these are the top 10.

10. Strange smells

One usual sign your place could be haunted is strange smells you normally shouldn’t sense. These scents can be abrupt and come from nowhere. A spirit may sometimes bring with it scents it was once familiar with or had, such as cigar smoke or fresh flowers. Knowing whether or not the smells are coming from the house, or from the spirit itself is one way of determining if your house has other inhabitants you may not know about.


 

9. Odd dreams of people or places you don’t know

If a spirit resides in the house, sometimes they can cause you to dream or even have nightmares about them.  You may dream of strange places you’ve never been to or people you can’t recognize. It could be a sign that they are trying to explain their story or make contact with you. You have to understand that sometimes, these are spirits of people who have died under extremely unfortunate circumstances. Dreaming about them or places they are familiar with is a sign that the house is still imprinted with their signature and they may not have passed over.  You can often find out the history of your home by going to a public records and seeing if you recognize any of the news stories or people contained in the archives.


 

8. Feeling of being watched

Some people can be more sensitive to the spirit world than others, and may feel like they are being watched by something lurking in the shadows. Although you shouldn’t rely on this feeling alone to determine whether the house is haunted or not, it can be a sign. If you sense that someone, or thing, is watching you, look around and see if you can detect any other strange phenomenon around you. Don’t be afraid to go out and investigate as this can provide reassurance that others aren’t around. Sometimes when people first move into a new home, they are overcome with the constant feeling of being watched, and it shouldn’t be ignored if it occurs in combination with other signs.


 

7. Heaviness in the Air

Some people are sensitive to the fields caused when a ghost or entity is present in the house, and it often gives the feeling of a heavyness in the air that can sometimes make it harder to breathe. Sudden changes in the air can be triggered by a spirit manifesting itself in the house, and it’s another sign there could be something lurking in your house. Normal people can detect these changes as well because of the abrupt changes that happen. Usually after a cleansing, or even an exorcism in more extreme cases, people report the air getting lighter almost instantaneously the rituals are complete.

 


 

6. Noises

Are you hearing strange noises, or even whispers that can’t be explained? There’s a reason for all the noises, and thats because the spirit or entity may be trying to make its presence known. Of course there can be many noises that can be caused by common household objects or by the house itself, but knowing what noises are normal and which aren’t can help you determine the possible cause. Most spirits don’t make noises that are detectable by the human ear and require evp equipment to track. However, there are spirits called poltergiests (noisy spirits) which are well known to produce some terrifying noises by throwing objects around and making things go bump in the night.


 

5. Changes in air temperature

Sudden changes in the temperature around you is often a good indicator a spirit is nearby. If you travel through the house and you notice some rooms are much colder than others, or you feel the air around you suddenly getting lower, then it’s probably not your a/c.  Sometimes when spirits are around, the air becomes colder because it is absorbing the energy around it in order to manifest. Sometimes you may walk through an unusually cold spot in the house even though the air around it is normal. Just because things get cold however, doesn’t mean you’ll see the figure itself, but it’s still a sign that something is near.


 

4. Things moving around

Some spirits like to move things, sometimes when you’re not there. You should take notice when these types of things happen. If you know for sure that you’ve put an object somewhere, and it moves from its’ original place, then perhaps you should consider stranger reasons. Entities in the house may be trying to make its presense known by moving objects, or they may be trying to play tricks on you by hiding them in places you normally wouldn’t put them. Knowing for sure where you put things can help you determine what type of phenomenon is really happening. Sometimes things may move while you’re not there, such as doors opening and closing or objects falling off table. Know that any type of spirit that has the power to perform such feats may not be a friendly one. These spirits want their presence known to the homeowners, and should be taken seriously.


 

3. Being touched

Are you being touched when no one else is around, sometimes leaving a mark on your skin? Well, it could be another indicator your house has other inhabitants. You have to be careful though, brushing up against something or just feeling a slight breeze can sometimes feel like you’re being touched. Knowing for sure what touched you is important, so don’t jump to any conclusions just because you feel the hair on the back of your neck tingling. However, if marks are left after the encounter, or even bruises or cuts that you can’t explain, then it could be a sign of an evil spirit. If the problem escalates, you should research more into the subject and how to protect yourself from these types of entities as they can be very dangerous if left alone.


 

2. Sudden changes in mood or behavior

Although rare, depending on the types of signs you have, sometimes a more sinister enitity may be residing in your home. These spirits may in fact not be spirits at all, but demonic in origin.  Sometimes the fear, anger, anxiety, and other emotions that the entity holds may be passed on to the residents of the house, causing mood and behavioral changes. In more serious cases, the outcome may be possession. One must be wary and cautious of both themselves and others if this is the case. Any changes in the mood or behavior of the household should be looked at more to prevent potential complications in the future. If full possession is allowed to take hold, then an exorcism will have to be performed.


 

1. Seeing is believing

The absolute best way of knowing your house is haunted is by actually seeing the entity itself. Spirits may manifest themselves before your very eyes, and if you got a sharp eye, you may be able to catch a glimpse of it. Seeing is believing, and it’s almost a surefire way of knowing your house is haunted. Figures of full bodied people may appear or disappear in some cases. You may see people who look entirely normal and vanish before your very eyes. These people may appear to be pale, wounded, bloody, or in the same state they died in. These people aren’t your typical shadowy figure or mist in the corner of your eye, and more often than not, these are the souls of people who have died in terrible ways. An example of this is at the Gettysburg battlefield, some visitors may see full figured soldiers marching into battle and fading away into the night. Sometimes these ghostly images may repeat what they previously did when they died, often replaying over and over like a video recording. Their souls have passed but the images of them remain stamped on the environment.

http://paranormalnewscentral.com/hauntings/related-topics/top-lists/555-top-10-signs-your-house-is-haunted

Scary High, El Paso Texas

Haunted-el-paso-EPhigh-150x150El Paso has been called among the sweatiest, dumbest, and fattest cities in the country, but a website has given us major props for having the scariest haunted high school in America. We’re Number One! We’re Number One!

Mandatory.com checked out scary stories about high schools all over the U.S. and put El Paso High School at the top of their Top 10 list of haunted high schools. We beat out high schools that have ghostly body parts of a murdered girl show up in lockers, and then mysteriously disappear, and high schools that are built on top of cemeteries that might, or might not have been relocated when the school was built.

Didn’t those people learn anything from ‘Poltergeist’?

Anyway, Mandatory.com says of El Paso High:

“When it comes to the scariest school in America, El Paso High School has them all beat. Its ghost stories range from sealed off hallways full of mist and strange goo dripping from the ceiling to hidden classrooms beneath the building no one knew existed. However, nothing compares to the photo of the graduating class of 1985 above. While the woman in the center is certainly blurry, there is no doubt she is there. Or so you think. According to former students, there was no one standing there when the picture was taken, nor can the female in question be identified. Some believe the apparition to be a young girl who had taken her own life years before by jumping from a balcony connected to the misty hallway. Others have seen the very same ghostly figure jump from said balcony, disappearing before hitting the ground each time. Any way you slice it, El Paso High School takes spine-tingling to frightening new heights.”

El Paso High is scary looking enough on it’s own, but the photo of the ghost girl who showed up in a class photo makes it even scarier. It’s nice to be number one in such a cool category. Now, if we could just do something about our sweatiness.

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