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Alto in Cherokee County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Chief Bowles’ Last Homesite

 
 
Chief Bowles' Last Homesite Marker image. Click for full size.
By Steve Gustafson, February 19, 2011
1. Chief Bowles' Last Homesite Marker
Inscription. In 1836, General Sam Houston negotiated a treaty with the Cherokees in Texas allowing possession of the lands they occupied in east Texas. The leading figure among the Cherokees at that time was Duwali (also known as Bowl, Chief Bowles and Bold Hunter). After the Texas Revolution, the Senate of the Republic of Texas declared the treaty invalid. Near this site in 1839, Chief Bowles learned of Texas President Mirabeau B. Lamar's orders to remove the Cherokee from Texas. Bowl mobilized his people to resist the expulsion, but they were defeated and the chief was killed at the Battle of the Neches on July 16, 1839, in what is now Van Zandt County.
 
Erected 2001 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 12568.)
 
Location. 31° 40.938′ N, 95° 5.386′ W. Marker is in Alto, Texas, in Cherokee County. Marker is at the intersection of U.S. 69 and County Road 2405, on the right when traveling south on U.S. 69. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Alto TX 75925, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 9 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Site of Tassie Belle and Star and Crescent Iron Ore Furnaces (approx. 6.8 miles away); Site of Neches Indian Village
Chief Bowles' Last Homesite Marker image. Click for full size.
By Steve Gustafson, February 19, 2011
2. Chief Bowles' Last Homesite Marker
(approx. 7.2 miles away); Mound Prairie (approx. 7.2 miles away); Rusk Footbridge (approx. 8.5 miles away); The James I. Perkins Family Home (approx. 8.5 miles away); Norman Law Firm (approx. 8.6 miles away); Bachelor Girl's Library Club (approx. 8.6 miles away); Cherokee County Courthouse (approx. 8.6 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Alto.
 
Categories. Native AmericansWars, US Indian
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Steve Gustafson of Lufkin, Texas. This page has been viewed 650 times since then and 8 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Steve Gustafson of Lufkin, Texas. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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