Cameroon Square in Fort William is a vibrant social hub with a rich historical legacy. The square is believed to derive its name from Fort Cameroun, a historical site in the vicinity. The connection between this name and the country of Cameroon in Africa is unclear and likely coincidental. It's important to note that the spelling of the square (Cameroon) and the Scottish clan (Cameron) differ. Yet, it's common to see Cameron referenced in the local area due to the significant influence of the Cameron Clan in the Lochaber area where Fort William is located.
The square features an array of social attractions, including granite seating for visitors to rest, mingle, and watch occasional musicians performing live. A unique feature that adds to the allure of the square is a life-sized bronze cast of a Model T Ford, crafted from an accurate model. This is a homage to the rich automotive history of the region, specifically the revolutionary Model T, also known as "Tin Lizzie".
The Model T Ford was the first affordable automobile that made car ownership accessible to the middle class. The presence of this model in Cameroon Square has an interesting backstory - a Model T has been driven to the summit of Ben Nevis, the UK's highest mountain near Fort William. This unusual feat is commemorated with this sculpture.
Another notable attraction on the square is the West Highland Museum, where visitors can delve into the diverse history of the West Highlands. The museum houses collections from various historical periods, from the Jacobite risings to original artefacts from Bonnie Prince Charlie to World War II and local social history.
With its blend of history and social scene, Cameroon Square offers something intriguing for everyone visiting Fort William.