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Shackelford County, Texas

US county information
NameShackelford County
StateTexas
SeatAlbany
US Area
Total Area916 sq mi (2372.4 km2)
Land Area914 sq mi (2367.3 km2)
Water Area2 sq mi (5.2 km2)
Population3302 (2000)
Density1/km2 (2.6/sq mi)
Founded1874

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Shackelford County is a county located in the U.S. state of Texas. In 2000, its population was 3,302. Its county seat is Albany . The county is northeast of Abilene, the seat of Taylor County. Shackelford is named for Dr. John Shackelford, a Virginia physician who equipped soldiers at his own expense to fight in the Texas Revolution. Shackelford outfitted his troops in red uniforms, and they came to be called the "Shackelford Reds." Historic Fort Griffin, established in 1867, lies within Shackelford County.

During the last two weekends of June, the Fort Griffin Fandangle, a western musical production, is presented by Shackelford County residents in the Prairie Theater in Albany. The content of the program is changed each year. Begun in 1938, it is billed as "Texas' Oldest Outdoor Musical".


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