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1834 Dragoon Expedition

The Red River Journey

 
 
1834 Dragoon Expedition Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Jason Voigt, April 9, 2021
1. 1834 Dragoon Expedition Marker
Inscription.  To make Indian Territory safe for resettlement of Indians from the east, a diplomatic expedition accompanied by 500 mounted infantrymen (dragoons) traveled from Fort Gibson to Devil's Canyon hoping to meet with Kiowa, Comanche, and Wichita leaders. Commanded by General Henry Leavenworth and Colonel Henry Dodge, the 1834 Dragoon Expedition also included artist George Catlin and thirty Cherokee, Delaware, Osage, and Seneca warriors who served as guides and hunters.

Plagued by drought, heat, and diseases, more than 150 men died during the three-month journey, among them General Leavenworth. More than 140 more soldiers died after returning to Fort Gibson. The expedition led to the first treaty with the Plains Indians.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: ExplorationNative Americans. A significant historical year for this entry is 1834.
 
Location. 35° 29.615′ N, 97° 29.947′ W. Marker is in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, in Oklahoma County. It is in Central Oklahoma City. Marker is at the intersection of Nazih Zuhdi Drive and North Phillips Avenue on Nazih Zuhdi Drive. Marker
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is part of the Red River Journey pathway, which is on the grounds of the Oklahoma History Center. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 800 Nazih Zuhdi Drive, Oklahoma City OK 73105, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Devil's Canyon (here, next to this marker); North Fork of the Red River (here, next to this marker); Oklahoma's Gold Rush (here, next to this marker); W.C. Austin Project (here, next to this marker); Altus Air Force Base (here, next to this marker); Babbs Switch School Fire (a few steps from this marker); First Shelterbelt (a few steps from this marker); Hackberry Flat (a few steps from this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Oklahoma City.
 
Also see . . .  First Dragoon Expedition on Wikipedia. (Submitted on June 7, 2021, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois.)
 
1834 Dragoon Expedition Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Jason Voigt, April 9, 2021
2. 1834 Dragoon Expedition Marker
Marker is in the front.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on February 16, 2023. It was originally submitted on June 7, 2021, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois. This page has been viewed 311 times since then and 32 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on June 7, 2021, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois.

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