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Near Canyon in Randall County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

The Battle of Palo Duro Canyon

September 28, 1874

 
 
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By Bill Kirchner, November 18, 2015
1. The Battle of Palo Duro Canyon Marker
Inscription. One of the most significant battles of 1874-75 Indian campaign; columns of troops converging from five directions harassed Indians on the Panhandle Plains for over six months.
The 4th Cavalry under Col. Ranald S. Mackenzie, moving north from Fort Concho, tracked a large band of Indians to their secret canyon camp.
Moving silently at dawn down a perilous path on the south rim, the first troops reached the floor of the canyon before the aroused camp fled.
Some of the warriors took up positions on the canyon walls from which they fired on the troops, seeking to give their families time to escape.
Realizing his tactical disadvantage, Mackenzie ordered the Indian camp and supplies burned and withdrew, taking along 1,400 captured horses (1,000 of which he later destroyed).
The cavalry suffered no causalities in the fight and only four Indian dead were counted.
Having lost half their horses as well as all their supplies and shelter, the Indians drifted back to their reservations at Fort Sill and Fort Reno.
 
Erected 1967 by State Historical Survey Committee. (Marker Number 5290.)
 
Location. 34° 55.889′ N, 101° 38.119′ W. Marker is near Canyon, Texas, in Randall County. Marker
The Battle of Palo Duro Canyon Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, November 18, 2015
2. The Battle of Palo Duro Canyon Marker
is on State Hwy Park Road 5 8 miles south of Texas Route 217, on the right when traveling south. Click for map. Marker is at the far south end of Palo Duro Canyon State Park. Marker is in this post office area: Canyon TX 79015, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 5 other markers are within 15 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Civilian Conservation Corps at Palo Duro Canyon State Park (approx. 4.6 miles away); The Old JA Ranch (approx. 5.2 miles away); St. Paul Lutheran Cemetery (approx. 10.7 miles away); The Battle of Red River (approx. 14.6 miles away but has been reported missing); Roadside Park on Hamblen Drive (approx. 14.6 miles away but has been reported missing).
 
Categories. Native AmericansWars, US Indian
 
The Battle of Palo Duro Canyon Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, November 18, 2015
3. The Battle of Palo Duro Canyon Marker
Palo Duro Canyon image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, November 18, 2015
4. Palo Duro Canyon
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. This page has been viewed 192 times since then and 7 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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