Old Warren (Fort Warren or Fort Kitchen), on the Fannin-Grayson county line, was named for Abel Warren, a trader from Fort Smith, Arkansas, who established a trading post on the Red River one mile below the mouth of Choctaw Bayou in 1836. In the summer of 1837 Daniel Montague and William Henderson built a trading house at the site. A fifteen-foot log stockade with two-story towers at the corners surrounded the post; gates admitted stock and wagon trains. Settlers built cabins near the post for protection from the Indians, and J. A. Caldwell carried the mail from Preston to Warren. Roswell W. Lee was the first postmaster. The post furnished a military escort for the wedding party of Holland Coffee and his bride (later Sophia Porter) from Washington to Coffee's Trading Post in 1837.
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