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Panhandle & Plains Region
Fort Griffin State Park
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Fort Griffin State Park and Historic Site is 506.2 acres, with 1500 feet of river area north of Albany in Shackelford County. The state was deeded the land by Shackelford County in 1935. The Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) built many of the park's facilities before the park opened to the public in 1938. Within the park, partially restored ruins of Old Fort Griffin are on a bluff overlooking the town site of Fort Griffin and the Clear Fork of the Brazos River Valley. The ruins include a hand dug well, a mess hall, a ghost building, barracks, a library, a rock chimney, a store, an administration building, a cistern, a hospital, a powder magazine, the foundation of the officers' quarters, the first sergeant's quarters, a restored bakery, and replicas of enlisted men's huts. A portion of the official Texas Longhorn herd resides in the park. The park offers camping, hiking, fishing, picnicking, living history, historical reenactments, and nature study.

Fort Griffin once held command of the southern plains, saw the end of both the great herds of buffalo and those who hunted them, and was home to a rugged group of men. The fort was constructed in 1867 and deactivated in 1881.
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Nearby points of interest include Possum Kingdom State Park; numerous historical buildings and small shops in Albany; the City of Abilene, Kuhn's Wildlife Refuge in Breckenridge; and Aviation Museums in both Breckenridge and Abilene. The City of Albany annually holds the "Fandangle" musical show in commemoration of frontier times and is a great supporter of the park.

Visitor Comments, Memories and Reviews
November 23 pretty dolphins by dolphinsaresopretty
DOLPHIN ATTACK!!!! OMG DOLPHINS!!! pretty pretty, pretty dolphins!
September 7 PRETTY PLACE by Nick
OMG it was like so freakin awsome there like there were aalot of birds and wildlife like OMG you have got to go there it is awsome like wow
June 6 Stars are Bright by Russel
This is a very good location for star observing. Only two light domes no more than maybe 10 degrees high, dry, few bugs, mag 6 sky.
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To reach the park, travel 15 miles north of Albany on US Highway 283.


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