Near Tarpley in Bandera County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
Cow Camp Massacre on Hondo Creek
During the mid-1800s the Texas Hill Country was the site of many hostile encounters, some deadly, between pioneer immigrants whose permanent settlements ran counter to area Native Americans accustomed to unrestrained hunting and gathering. One such encounter occurred near this site on January 27, 1866.
Three young men from the area, August Rothe, age 19, George Miller, age 16, and Hubert Weynand, age 12, left their homes near D'Hanis to recover stray livestock, an important task for area farmers and ranchers. They set up camp on Hondo Creek and began the "cow hunt."
On the morning of the third day Rothe and Weynand were returning to camp when suddenly Miller appeared running toward them with eight Indians in pursuit. Unable to untie their horses in time to escape on horseback, both Rothe and Miller ran for their lives up a hill; Weynand attempted his escape on horseback.
The encounter resulted in Miller's death, Weynand's capture, and Rothe's heroic escape. Weynand was never seen nor heard from again. A scouting party later found Miller's mutilated body but were unable to apprehend the attackers. Contemporary author A.J. Sowell wrote of these events in his book, "Early Settlers and Indian Fighters of Southwest Texas."
Erected 1994 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 1097.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Native Americans • Settlements & Settlers.
Location. 29° 34.119′ N, 99° 14.895′ W. Marker is near Tarpley, Texas, in Bandera County. Marker is on Farm to Market Road 462 2 miles south of County Highway 211, on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Tarpley TX 78883, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 15 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Battle of the Arroyo Hondo (approx. 11 miles away); Clark Family Cemetery (approx. 12.9 miles away); Vandenburg (approx. 13.2 miles away); Mission Valley (approx. 14.6 miles away); St. Stanislaus Convent and First Catholic School (approx. 14.8 miles away); Hendrick Arnold (approx. 15.1 miles away); Bandera's First Bank (approx. 15.1 miles away); Bandera Historic Town Center (approx. 15.1 miles away).
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