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Alto in Cherokee County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Chief Bowles' Last Homesite

 
 
Chief Bowles' Last Homesite Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Steve Gustafson, February 19, 2011
1. Chief Bowles' Last Homesite Marker
Inscription.  In 1836, General Sam Houston negotiated a treaty with the Cherokees in Texas allowing possession of the lands they occupied in east Texas. The leading figure among the Cherokees at that time was Duwali (also known as Bowl, Chief Bowles and Bold Hunter). After the Texas Revolution, the Senate of the Republic of Texas declared the treaty invalid. Near this site in 1839, Chief Bowles learned of Texas President Mirabeau B. Lamar's orders to remove the Cherokee from Texas. Bowl mobilized his people to resist the expulsion, but they were defeated and the chief was killed at the Battle of the Neches on July 16, 1839, in what is now Van Zandt County.
 
Erected 2001 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 12568.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Native AmericansWars, US Indian. A significant historical date for this entry is July 16, 1839.
 
Location. 31° 40.938′ N, 95° 5.386′ W. Marker is in Alto, Texas, in Cherokee County. Marker is at the intersection of U.S. 69 and County Road 2405, on the right when traveling south on U.S. 69
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. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Alto TX 75925, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Stella Salmon Hill (approx. 2.2 miles away); Robert F. Mitchell (approx. 2.2 miles away); Camp Alto, World War II Prisoner of War Camp (approx. 2.2 miles away); Kings Highway Camino Real — Old San Antonio Road (approx. 2.4 miles away); A. Frank Smith United Methodist Church (approx. 2˝ miles away); Site of the Delaware Indian Village (approx. 3.1 miles away); Site of Lacy's Fort (approx. 3.3 miles away); a different marker also named Kings Highway Camino Real — Old San Antonio Road (approx. 3.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Alto.
 
Chief Bowles' Last Homesite Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Steve Gustafson, February 19, 2011
2. Chief Bowles' Last Homesite Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on January 30, 2019. It was originally submitted on March 4, 2011, by Steve Gustafson of Lufkin, Texas. This page has been viewed 1,917 times since then and 101 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on March 4, 2011, by Steve Gustafson of Lufkin, Texas. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.

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