This frontier Shackelford County community grew around a military post and served as an area trade center in 1870s and '80s. It was a wild settlement frequented by cavalry troopers, cowboys, buffalo hunters and outlaws. More than 200,000 buffalo hides were shipped from the town. During a 12-year period, gunfights accounted for 34 public killings. The town declined after the fort was abandoned, and today, there are only scattered rural homes on the Brazos River farmlands near the site.




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