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Near Tarpley in Bandera County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Cow Camp Massacre on Hondo Creek

 
 
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Photographed By James Hulse, July 26, 2020
1. Cow Camp Massacre on Hondo Creek Marker
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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
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Photographed By James Hulse, August 26, 2021
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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 AmericansSettlements & Settlers. A significant historical date for this entry is January 27, 1866.
 
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. Peachtree School (approx. 9½ miles away); 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).
 
The view of the Cow Camp Massacre on Hondo Creek Marker looking south image. Click for full size.
Photographed By James Hulse, August 26, 2021
3. The view of the Cow Camp Massacre on Hondo Creek Marker looking south
The view of the Cow Camp Massacre on Hondo Creek Marker from the street image. Click for full size.
Photographed By James Hulse, August 26, 2021
4. The view of the Cow Camp Massacre on Hondo Creek Marker from the street
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 29, 2021. It was originally submitted on September 3, 2020, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas. This page has been viewed 254 times since then and 79 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on September 3, 2020, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas.   2, 3, 4. submitted on August 29, 2021, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.

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May. 17, 2022