Ruins of Sutler’s Store

The Fort Griffin Fandangle

& the best of the Wild West in the Texas Oil & Cattle Country!

Two days / one night, from North Texas departures

Tours to Albany to see The Fandangle must be scheduled for one of the last two weekends of June. General tours to the area are available all year round.

What in the world is a “Fandangle”? It is the outdoor drama, produced every year since 1938, on the pioneer settling of West Texas. Put on by the good folks of Albany, north of Abilene, it is performed near old Fort Griffin, a major military outpost that once protected the frontier of Texas. See a live herd of longhorn cattle herded onto the outdoor stage! Thrill to the saga of the rugged pioneers who settled this harsh ranch country, as their story is told in drama, song, dance and spectacle.

Tour Highlights

When leaving from North Texas, this is a full two-day motorcoach trip to the heart of the central Texas ranch and oil boom area. We will stop and sightsee in these towns on the way to Albany:

  • Thurber: An old coal mining ghost town. Is there anyone still alive there?
  • Ranger: Went from 1,000 to 30,000 people in one year when the gushers blew in.
  • Eastland: Home of some offbeat oddities: Rip the Toad and the Post Office Stamp Mural.
  • Cisco: You’ll see Conrad Hilton’s first hotel.

Albany’s Beaux Arts courthouse was built in 1883

Tour Includes

  • Luxury motorcoach transportation with snacks and drinks on board.
  • Overnight accommodations in Albany.
  • Reserved seats to the Fort Griffin Fandangle performance.
  • BBQ dinner on the courthouse lawn before the play.
  • Calliope concert before the show.
  • Tour of Albany, a genuine wild west town, the kind that helped win the West.
  • The Albany Arts Museum, a well-endowed little gem housed in the Old Jail, that displays the likes of Henri Matisse, Alexander Calder, Grant Wood and Picasso!
  • Tours of the sites and museums of the towns listed above, with plenty of Texas Oddities that will tickle and amaze you.
  • Pre-trip packet with information and keepsake notes on the Fandangle and the places we will be visiting.
  • Detailed commentary along the way on the history and culture of the ranch country.

Please Note

Meals included will be lunch in Cisco, Cowboy Breakfast in Albany, and the BBQ Dinner before The Fandangle.

Note on timing: The Albany Fandangle is produced Thursday, Friday and Saturday of the last two weekends in June.