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Site of Mackenzie Cavalry Camp

 
 
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By Bill Kirchner, November 11, 2017
1. Site of Mackenzie Cavalry Camp Marker
Inscription.  At or near this spot, Colonel Ranald S. Mackenzie, with two companies of United States 4th Cavalry, was overtaken on Dec. 4, 1874, by a snowstorm. Forced to spend the night here without wood or water, or grass for the horses, troops called this the most miserable night of their duty in the Southwest. Several horses froze to death.

MacKenzie was hunting here for straggling Indians, during last weeks of 1874 campaign to confine tribes to reservations.

On Dec. 5 his troops reached Tahoka Lake, where they found shelter under a cliff.
 
Erected 1967. (Marker Number 4827.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Wars, US Indian. A significant historical date for this entry is December 4, 1874.
 
Location. 33° 19.268′ N, 101° 43.79′ W. Marker is in Wilson, Texas, in Lynn County. Marker is at the intersection of Green Avenue and 16th Street, on the right when traveling east on Green Avenue. Marker is on the southwest corner. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Wilson TX 79381, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 10 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Spanish Explorers' Route (within shouting distance of this marker);
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Wilson Mercantile Company (approx. 0.4 miles away); Lynn County (approx. 8.1 miles away); Mercy Hospital (approx. 8.9 miles away); Slaton Bakery (approx. 9.4 miles away); Slaton Volunteer Fire Department (approx. 9˝ miles away); Slaton (approx. 9˝ miles away); Engine 1809 (approx. 9˝ miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Wilson.
 
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By Bill Kirchner, November 11, 2017
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Credits. This page was last revised on November 24, 2017. It was originally submitted on November 24, 2017, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. This page has been viewed 157 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on November 24, 2017, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona.

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