Signs of Spring at Fort Griffin

Two calves, one brown and one whiteBy Will Cradduck, Fort Griffin Herd Manager

What do wildflowers and large groups of Scouts have in common with baby longhorns? They are all sure signs of spring at Fort Griffin State Historic Site!

Pictured is one of our new heifer calves born about eight weeks ago. She’s getting lots of company, as the other cows have their calves, and they all have great fun as they play together, running in circles around their mothers! This little calf can’t get away with much mischief, though, as she has an extended family watching out for her. Her mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and several aunts all work to keep her in line.

Scouts and leaders sitting outside by their tentsThis spring, we’ve had Scouts at Fort Griffin for camping and enjoying our longhorns and programs. They’ve been having lots of fun as well. Pictured are scouts and leaders from Abilene’s Cub Scout Pack 260, who are watching Eric Abercrombie do an artillery demonstration before our Campfire Tales and Stars and Skies of Texas programs.

Yellow flower with fort ruins in the backgroundLast but not least is a picture of a buttercup (actually an evening primrose, but growing up we called them buttercups) taken during a recent living history event at Fort McKavett State Historic Site. Technically, this is not Fort Griffin, but it was a good picture and we are getting quite a few wildflowers here at Fort Griffin as well! Come out to Fort Griffin for a visit, and check out our upcoming programs on our website.

Fort Griffin State Historic Site is located 15 miles north of Albany on U.S. Hwy. 283, in the Texas Forts Trail Region.

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