Spanish Fort

Name:

Spanish Fort

County:

Montague

Zip Code:

 

Latitude / Longitude:

33°57’7.2318″N 97°37’36.0948″W

Elevation:

 

Time Zone:

Central (CST) (UTC-6)

Comments:

Spanish Fort is an unincorporated community in north central Montague County, Texas, United States at the end of Farm Road 103 one mile south of the Red River.

Remains:

Native Americans long used the fertile areas near the Red River for farming and hunting. Taovoyas, flying the French flag, established a fort here around 1750 to defend against Spanish incursions in the area. In 1759, in the Battle of the Twin Villages, a Spanish army under Col. Diego Ortiz Parrilla attacked the Taovoyas’ fortified position, but were defeated by a force of both the Taovoyas and Comanche tribes. Anglo settlers later misnamed the area Spanish Fort after assuming that the Spanish forces had built a fortification there, rather than the Native Americans.

Established:

1759

Disestablished:

 

Current Status:

But Spanish Fort would suffer, as many small Texas towns did, by being bypassed by the railroad. When fencing and railroads put an end to the cattle drives, small towns not directly served by railways faltered. The 20th century saw Spanish Fort almost completely vanish. The post office, school, and newspapers all had closed by 1970. Even the oil boom in Nocona’s North Field could not save Spanish Fort, and the town has maintained a population of around 50 ever since.

Remarks:

Spanish Fort received historic markers in 1936 and 1976 recognizing the Taovayo tribe culture and the 1759 confrontation with a Spanish expedition. The Spanish Fort site was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1975.