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Texas Forts Trail Region

Map of Throckmorton County Historical Interests
Markers (click on a topic to jump to that section.)
Camp Cooper, C.S.A. | Site of Camp Cooper | Comanche Indian Village | Throckmorton County | Old Throckmorton Jail
Uncommemorated Active Battle Map (Stories below are on map.)
James Hamby | Freeman Ward Murdered as Hostile Indians Charge William, Jess and John Hittson | Famous Paint Creek Fight | Indians Storm the Lee Home | M.L. McCabe Fight | Indian Fight of the Dillard Brothers | Stone Ranch
Uncommemorated and Unmapped Sites
Col. Buck Barry | Capt. Barry's 1861 Fight | Ben McCulloch | Throckmorton Community (See Below)
Camp Cooper, C.S.A.

Marker Title: Camp Cooper, C.S.A.
Address: US 380 & US 183/283
City: Throckmorton
Year Marker Erected: 1963
Marker Location: Courthouse Square, intersection of US 380 & US 183/283, Throckmorton.
Marker Text: Located 17 miles south. Surrendered by U.S. at outbreak Civil War. Used as Confederate frontier outpost on the defense line from Red River to the Rio Grande. Manned by Texas Cavalry, mounted riflemen, Rangers. Constant patrol and scouting maintained guard against Indian raids, Union invasion, marauding deserters, "Jayhawkers". Always short on food, supplies, ammunition, and horses these troops fought the Comanches in numerous engagements while effectively protecting supply train and pioneer families along edge of settlement. A Memorial to Texans Who Served the Confederacy Erected by the State of Texas 1963.

Site of Camp Cooper

Marker Title: Site of Camp Cooper
Address: RR 2528, off of US 283
City: Throckmorton
Year Marker Erected: 1936
Marker Location: From Throckmorton, take US 283 South 8 mi to RR 2528, & go west 7 miles.
Marker Text: Established by Major W.J. Hardee, 2nd U.S. Cavalry, on January 3, 1856 for the purpose of defending the frontier against Comanche Indians. Named in honor of Samuel Cooper, Adjutant General, U.S. Army. Home of General Robert E. Lee for nineteen months, 1856-1857. From this post the Cimarron Expedition set out, October 1, 1859. Abandoned February 21, 1861.

Comanche Indian Village

Marker Title: Comanche Indian Village
Address: On County Road, SW of Throckmorton
City: Throckmorton
Year Marker Erected: 1936
Marker Location: From Throckmorton, take US 283/183 South about 10 mi., then go west on County Rd. about 2 miles to fork-in-road & continue on SW fork about 3 mi through cultivated field.

Throckmorton County

Marker Title: Throckmorton County
Address: US 283 & SH 79
City: Throckmorton
Year Marker Erected: 1936
Marker Location: N. City limits US 283/SH79 Jct. on US 283 side; Throckmorton.
Marker Text: Formed from Fannin and Bosque counties. Created January 13, 1858. Organized March 18, 1879. Named in Honor of Dr. William Edward Throckmorton, 1795-1843, a revolutionary soldier. Father of James Webb Throckmorton, who became Governor of Texas in 1866. County seat, Throckmorton

Old Throckmorton Jail

Marker Title: Old Throckmorton Jail
Address: S Eagle & W Chestnut St.
City: Throckmorton
Marker Location: Corner of S. Eagle & W. Chestnut, Throckmorton.

Throckmorton Community

Chamber of Commerce
Box 711
Throckmorton, TX 76083
Points of Interest

1890 Courthouse

Old Jail House and Museum

Putnam House

Red Star Studio of Sculptor Joe Barrington, known for his out-sized creations in metal art.

Annual Events

June: Pioneer Days in odd years


Cow Country Motel, 126 N. Minter
Andrews House, Bed and Breakfast, Eliasville, TX, 817-362-4243
Prairie Bell Hotel, Woodson, TX 817-345-6599


The Country Cafe, 102 Matthews Street
Rancher's Restaurant, 801 N. Minter
Woodson Inn, Hwy 183

Specialty Shopping

Ruby's Corner Store

Communities and Related Links
Throckmorton, Texas Web Site
James Hamby

    James Hamby, a boy fifteen years of age, numbered among the first settlers of Young county. Prior to his death he had worked for a Mr. Lambshead, who lived near the Comanche Reservation, about four miles northwest of old Fort Griffin. Young Hamby was murdered by Indians during April of 1860, on the head waters of Elm in Throckmorton County.

    Ref: The Census records for that same year; Mrs. Stanley and others who were living in Young County at the time.

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