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Near Nolanville in Bell County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Comanche Gap

 
 
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By Richard Denney, June 8, 2021
1. Comanche Gap Marker
Inscription.  

Break in mountain chain from Lampasas River to Nolan Creek. Route to one of oldest Indian trails in Southwest, and escape point for Comanches after last raid in Bell County. On March 14-16, 1859, the Indians killed four settlers, including John and Jane Riggs. They captured Rhoda and Margaret, daughters of the Riggses, but abandoned them here at the gap as they fled from a posse. Public feeling after this raid led to a campaign against the Comanches, led by Maj. Earl Van Dorn, commanding U.S. Cavalry.
Recorded Texas Historical Landmark - 1967
 
Erected 1967 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 990.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Native Americans. A significant historical year for this entry is 1859.
 
Location. Marker has been reported missing. It was located near 31° 3.105′ N, 97° 38.005′ W. Marker was near Nolanville, Texas, in Bell County. The marker was at the intersection of Comanche Gap Road and FM 2410, 2 miles southwest of Nolanville, Texas. Touch for map. Marker was in this post office area: Nolanville TX 76559, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 9 miles
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By Richard Denney, June 8, 2021
2. Comanche Gap Marker
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of this location, measured as the crow flies. City of Killeen (approx. 6˝ miles away); Bethel Primitive Baptist Church (approx. 7.1 miles away); Killeen Herald (approx. 7.2 miles away); Wednesday Review Club (approx. 7.2 miles away); First National Bank of Killeen (approx. 7.4 miles away); Avenue D School (approx. 7.6 miles away); Immanuel Lutheran Church Cemetery (approx. 7.9 miles away); West Salado Cemetery (approx. 8.7 miles away).
 
More about this marker. The marker has previously been reported missing to the Texas Historical Commission.
 
Also see . . .  Kileen Daily Herald news article about the marker. (Submitted on June 8, 2021, by Richard Denney of Austin, Texas.)
 
Comanche Gap image. Click for full size.
By Richard Denney, June 8, 2021
3. Comanche Gap
View north towards Comanche Gap from today's Stillhouse Hollow Lake.
Comanche Gap Marker image. Click for full size.
By Richard Denney, June 8, 2021
4. Comanche Gap Marker
Photo of intersection where marker was located.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 8, 2021. It was originally submitted on June 8, 2021, by Richard Denney of Austin, Texas. This page has been viewed 184 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on June 8, 2021, by Richard Denney of Austin, Texas. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.

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