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Near Valley View in Cooke County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Kiowa Raid of 1868

(SW Part of County)

 
 
Kiowa Raid of 1868 Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Brian Anderson, August 10, 2018
1. Kiowa Raid of 1868 Marker
Inscription.  On Jan. 5-6, 1868, Chief Big Tree and 150 to 200 Kiowas raided Willa Walla Valley, Clear Creek and Blocker Creek. Burned homes; killed 13 people; scalped one woman alive. Captured 10 women and children; 3 escaped, 2 were ransomed. Raiders reached Elm Creek at Gainesville before blizzard forced withdrawal.

More damage and deaths would have resulted if George Masoner had not become the "Paul Revere" of valleys and warned settlers of impending danger.

Indian raids such as this one were in retaliation for loss of hunting grounds to settlers.
 
Erected 1968 by State Historical Survey Committee. (Marker Number 2958.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Native AmericansWars, US Indian. A significant historical date for this entry is January 5, 1868.
 
Location. 33° 31.714′ N, 97° 9.964′ W. Marker is near Valley View, Texas, in Cooke County. Marker is on Interstate 35 at milepost 490,, 2.8 miles north of East Obuch Street (Farm to Market Road 922), on the right when traveling north. Marker is located in a picnic area accessed
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from an exit on northbound I-35 at milemarker 490. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Gainesville TX 76240, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Newsome Dougherty Memorial High School (approx. 6 miles away); Gainesville Junior College (approx. 6.1 miles away); Hubert H. Moss (approx. 6.2 miles away); Randolph Lee Clark (approx. 6.2 miles away); The Houston House (approx. 6˝ miles away); Davis House (approx. 6˝ miles away); Potter-Hurley House (approx. 6˝ miles away); W. T. G. Weaver (approx. 6.6 miles away).
 
Kiowa Raid of 1868 Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Brian Anderson, August 10, 2018
2. Kiowa Raid of 1868 Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 16, 2018. It was originally submitted on August 15, 2018, by Brian Anderson of Humble, Texas. This page has been viewed 517 times since then and 28 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on August 15, 2018, by Brian Anderson of Humble, Texas. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.

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