Near Lyons in Rice County, Kansas — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
Cow Creek Station
One mile south is the hand-dug wel that served the U.S. Cavalry and Santa Fe Trail travelers in the 1860s.
For five days in July, 1864, 600 Indians besieged a trading post near the well and a wagon train nearby. When the attackers tried to overrun the post, "Buffalo Bill" Mathewson fired a field cannon into the midst of several on horseback and afoot, ending the siege.
A later "Buffalo Bill", William F. Cody, worked at the site briefly before moving in 1867 to Ellsworth, where he gained the cognomen by killing buffalo for railroad workers.
Erected by Rice County Historical Society and Rice County Bicentennial Commission.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Santa Fe Trail marker series.
Location. 38° 20.851′ N, 98° 16.566′ W. Marker is near Lyons, Kansas, in Rice County. Marker is on Avenue M (U.S. 56) near 12th Road, on the left when traveling west. Click for map. Marker is at a roadside rest area about three miles west of Lyons. Marker is in this post office area: Lyons KS 67554, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 11 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Coronado and Quivira (here, next to this marker); Fray Juan de Padilla Civil War and Veterans Memorial (approx. 3.9 miles away); Workman Park (approx. 4.1 miles away); Santa Fe Trail (approx. 4.3 miles away); Veterans Memorial (approx. 7.4 miles away); Cooper Hall (approx. 9.5 miles away); Mead[e] Post No 14 G.A.R. Memorial (approx. 10.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Lyons.
Also see . . .
1. Cow Creek in 1912 Kansas Cyclopedia. (Submitted on March 8, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Fort Scott, Kansas.)
2. The Ranch at Cow Creek Crossing. (Submitted on March 8, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Fort Scott, Kansas.)
3. Santa Fe National Historic Trail. (Submitted on March 8, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Fort Scott, Kansas.)
Categories. • Native Americans • Settlements & Settlers • Wars, US Indian •
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Fort Scott, Kansas. This page has been viewed 340 times since then and 61 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Fort Scott, Kansas. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.