Earlier cattle drivers out of Texas did not have the benefits of a settlement at the Red River Station crossing. The Confederate Frontier Regiment was stationed in the general area as a border patrol in the first years of the Civil War. Later, a trading post was established. An actual rudimentary settlement of two or three hundred people did not exist until the early 1870s. It then served for a time as the last place for the cowboys to obtain supplies before their herds left Texas.
Information obtained from the internet site, www.texasescapes.com, indicates that there is a Red River Station marker located one-quarter mile from the Red River, and the presence of a cemetery on Red River Station Road. I was unable to find either. After asking several persons in the area, who seemed unaware of the former settlement, and an hour or more of gravel and dirt road exploration, I gave up the search.
A July 2011 entry on the same Internet page (see above), written by Philip Abel of Fort Worth, notes that he located the site of the historical town, but that there was nothing left to see, and the cemetery was obscured from sight on a heavily-vegetated private property.
The value of crossing the Red River here came from a long bend in the river. The bend caused the current to slow, forming large sand bars and less deep water to cross. Still, during Spring flooding, the cattle herds were often delayed for several days prior to crossing to avoid the dangers of high water and floating debris.
My own crossing on the highway bridge was uneventful. I did not even draw a glance from nearby bridge workers when I pulled into their closed working lane to snap a picture.