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Guthrie in Logan County, Oklahoma — The American South (West South Central)
 

Rough Riders

 
 
Rough Riders Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, October 22, 2019
1. Rough Riders Marker
Inscription.  Two weeks after war was declared on Spain, 85 volunteers, mostly members of the Territorial National Guard, on May 5, 1898, filled the Territory's quota as Troop A, 1st United States Volunteer Calvary, the famed "Rough Riders".

Examined and issued orders from "Camp George W. Steele" in the McKay building, 102 E. Harrison, they were sworn into federal service on the vacant lot across the street. There was much fanfare; the City of Guthrie also presented a horse to Capt. Robert B. Husten, Troop Commander. They were joined in San Antonio, TX, by units from Arizona and New Mexico Territories for brief training before fighting as dismounted Troop D at the July 1 and 2, 1898, Battle of San Juan Hill under Lt. Col. Theodore Roosevelt, who later visited veterans of the Troop in Guthrie. (See photograph).

In response to the clamor to serve, formation of the First Territorial Infantry allowed more Guardsman to enlist for the Territory quota. Guthrie's group was joined by men from Pawnee to make Co I. After mustering ceremonies on the vacant lot, the company marched under the command of Capt. Harry C. Barnes to the depot to entrain for Ft.

Rough Riders Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, October 22, 2019
2. Rough Riders Marker
Reno. They were joined by four other companies from Oklahoma and Indian Territories. Later, units from Arizona and New Mexico joined them for training in Kentucky and Georgia before they were mustered out of service in 1899.
 
Erected 1980 by Donald W. Reynolds Foundation.
 
Location. 35° 52.614′ N, 97° 25.494′ W. Marker is in Guthrie, Oklahoma, in Logan County. Marker is on East Harrison Avenue east of South Division Street (U.S. 77), on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: East Harrison Avenue, Guthrie OK 73044, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Brooks Opera House (within shouting distance of this marker); Guthrie Daily Leader (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Foucart Building (about 400 feet away); Gray Bros. Building (about 400 feet away); De Steiguer Building (about 400 feet away); Oklahoma Building (about 500 feet away); Smith’s 2-Story Privy (about 500 feet away); Victor Building (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Guthrie.
 
Also see . . .  Oklahoma Historical Society article on the Rough Riders. (Submitted on October 30, 2019, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
 
Categories. War, Spanish-American
 
Lot across street from marker mentioned on marker. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, October 22, 2019
3. Lot across street from marker mentioned on marker.
 

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Credits. This page was last revised on October 30, 2019. This page originally submitted on October 30, 2019, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 42 times since then and 7 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on October 30, 2019, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.
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