Quitaque in Briscoe County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
of the Texan Santa Fe expedition
In an effort to establish a western trade route and expand Texas jurisdiction, Republic of Texas President Mirabeau B. Lamar sent an expedition of merchants, along with a military escort, to Santa Fe in 1841. The group left Brushy Creek north of Austin in June and in August arrived in this vicinity, where they established campsites at the confluence of the Los Lingos and Quitaque Creeks (1 mi. E).
Traveling across unfamiliar territory, the expedition encountered numerous hardships. Provisions, food, and water were reduced to dangerously low levels, and bands of Kiowa Indians continually harrassed the group, killing some. Facing the impassable ravines of the Caprock, the military commanders decided to divide the group. One party was sent to find New Mexican settlements and seek help, while the second remained. Commander Hugh McLeod drew up a resolution detailing the decision to split the command, and the site became known as Camp Resolution.
Finally reaching New Mexico in September, the men were met by Mexican soldiers and were forced to march to Mexico City, where they were imprisoned. Resulting in a U.S.-Mexico diplomatic
Texas Sesquicentennial 1836 - 1986
Erected 1986 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 673.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Exploration • Native Americans. A significant historical year for this entry is 1841.
Location. 34° 17.965′ N, 101° 3.591′ W. Marker is in Quitaque, Texas, in Briscoe County. Marker is on Ranch to Market Road 1065, 0.4 miles south of Farm to Market Road 689, on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Quitaque TX 79255, 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. Site of Original Headquarters of the Quitaque Ranch (approx. 2˝ miles away); Gasoline Cotton Gin (approx. 4 miles away); Quanah Parker Trail (approx. 4.7 miles away); Resthaven Cemetery (approx. 5 miles away); Natural Disturbance-Lifeblood of the Prairies (approx. 7.6 miles away); Lake Theo Folsom Bison Kill Site (approx. 8.1 miles away); a different marker also named Quanah Parker Trail (approx. 10 miles away); Home for 12,000 Years (approx. 10 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Quitaque.
Credits. This page was last revised on August 23, 2020. It was originally submitted on August 23, 2020, by Allen Lowrey of Amarillo, Texas. This page has been viewed 371 times since then and 104 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on August 23, 2020, by Allen Lowrey of Amarillo, Texas. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.