Near Mountain Home in Kerr County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
The Dowdy Tragedy of 1878
The pioneer family of Susan (1830 - 1913) and James Dowdy (1818 - 1900) moved from Goliad to Kerr County in 1878 and settled on Johnson Creek. Shortly after the family arrived, four of the Dowdy children Alice, Martha, Susan, and James were killed by Indians while tending sheep near their home. The attack occurred on Oct. 5, 1878, at a site about 3.5 miles northwest of present Ingram. The victims were buried the following day at Sunset Cemetery, northwest of Ingram. This incident was one of the last Indian raids in Kerr county.
Erected 1979 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 5324.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Settlements & Settlers • Wars, US Indian. A significant historical year for this entry is 1878.
Location. 30° 9.281′ N, 99° 20.466′ W. Marker is near Mountain Home, Texas, in Kerr County. Marker is on Junction Highway (State Highway 27) 0.1 miles south of Tecaboca Road, on the left when traveling north. The marker is located at the north end of a rest area. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Mountain Home TX 78058, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other Sunset Cemetery (approx. 0.6 miles away); Hunt Japonica Cemetery (approx. 5.3 miles away); Hunt (approx. 5.9 miles away); Schumacher Crossing on the Guadalupe River (approx. 6 miles away); Henderson Cemetery (approx. 6.1 miles away); Site of Sherman's Mill (approx. 6.7 miles away); History of Stonehenge II (approx. 8 miles away); Old Ingram (approx. 8.2 miles away).
Regarding The Dowdy Tragedy of 1878. Later reports indicated that many people thought at the time that Indians were not to blame but bandits dressed up as Indians. "It is believed at headquarters that the murderers of the Dowdy family were white men, and that the girls were outraged (sexually assaulted)". Source: The Galveston Daily News, Nov. 27, 1878
Also see . . .
1. Unsolved Mystery of the Dowdy Family Massacre. Texas Hill Country website entry (Submitted on November 12, 2020, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas.)
2. Mountain Home, Texas. TSHA Texas State Historical Association (Submitted on November 12, 2020, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas.)
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