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Near Freedom in Woods County, Oklahoma — The American South (West South Central)
 

Cowboy Cemetery

 
 
Cowboy Cemetery Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Carleta Latham, May 17, 2008
1. Cowboy Cemetery Marker
Inscription.
On September 12, 1878, the bodies of Reuben Bristow and Fred Clark were found near here. It was believed they had been killed by Northern Cheyenne Indians led by Chief Dull Knife. Bristow and Clark were cowboys hauling salt for Comanche pool cattle when Dull Knife fled harsh conditions on the reservation near Canton. The salt haulers, probably killed for their mule team, inadvertently crossed the path of the Cheyenne during their desparate flight home to the Northern Plains.

Reverse:
Monument donated by Alva Monument
Buddy Sams
Alva, Oklahoma
Granite donated by Southern Granite Co.
David Edward
Elberton, Georgia
 
Erected by Buddy Sams of Alva Monument and David Edwards of Southern Granite Co.
 
Location. 36° 57.995′ N, 99° 8.979′ W. Marker is near Freedom, Oklahoma, in Woods County. Marker is on D0032 Road. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Freedom OK 73842, United States of America.
 
More about this marker. The Cowboy Cemetery is about 12 miles north of Camp Houston. You drive north of U.S. 64 from Camp Houston (north of Freedom, OK) until the pavement ends and you get to a Y. You will see an arrow pointing left that says Cowboy Cemetery.
Cowboy Cemetery Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Carleta Latham, circa May 17, 2008
2. Cowboy Cemetery Marker
The original Cowboy Cemetery Marker erected by rancher John Watters in the 1940s. It reads, "Cowboys and salt hall killed by indias."
You will drive west along a winding dirt road for a few miles. The Cowboy Cemetery is on the right side of the road.
 
Also see . . .  Cowboy Cemetery Information. (Submitted on May 20, 2009, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.)
 
Categories. Cemeteries & Burial SitesNative Americans
 
Cowboy Cemetery Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Carleta Latham, May 17, 2008
3. Cowboy Cemetery Marker
Close up of the Cemetery Gate art.
Cowboy Cemetery Marker Photo, Click for full size
By K Latham, May 17, 2008
4. Cowboy Cemetery Marker
Follow the sign to the Cowboy Cemetery Photo, Click for full size
By K Latham, May 17, 2008
5. Follow the sign to the Cowboy Cemetery
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,612 times since then and 91 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on , by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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