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Near Rochelle in McCulloch County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Soldiers Waterhole

1850 - 1869

 
 
Soldiers Waterhole Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, April 11, 2018
1. Soldiers Waterhole Marker
Inscription. U.S. soldiers, under command of Robert E. Lee, used this site while traveling the nearby Military Road and patroling this area for Indians.

Westbound immigrants also camped here prior to the Civil War.

Here 27 Indians surprised and massacred 18 men, women and children, burned their wagons and stole their horses.
 
Erected 1964 by McCulloch County Historical Society. (Marker Number 4976.)
 
Location. 31° 10.444′ N, 99° 13.58′ W. Marker is near Rochelle, Texas, in McCulloch County. Marker is on County Road 412 one mile east of County Road 416, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is located where County Road 412 crosses Onion Creek. Marker is in this post office area: Rochelle TX 76872, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Onion Creek Indian Fight (approx. 1.7 miles away); Swedish Settlers (approx. 1.8 miles away); East Sweden Presbyterian Church (approx. 1.9 miles away); Rochelle Cemetery (approx. 3.6 miles away); Rochelle Depot (approx. 3.8 miles away); Curtis Airfield
Soldiers Waterhole Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, April 11, 2018
2. Soldiers Waterhole Marker
Reverse Side
(approx. 5˝ miles away); Union Passenger Depot (approx. 6.9 miles away); McCulloch County Courthouse (approx. 7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Rochelle.
 
More about this marker. Although the marker was installed by McCulloch County Historical Society, the Texas Historical Commission lists the marker as State marker #4976.
 
Regarding Soldiers Waterhole. On the reverse side of the marker is inscribed: Ancient Indian Camp - Ground

Near the marker is another marker with the following inscription: This site served as a natural fort for early day travelers / Donated by Louis and Tom Moorman, Moorman Ranch, to the McCulloch County Historical Society
 
Also see . . .  Early Swedish Settlers. A 1972 historical survey of the history of Swedish communities in McCulloch County, provided by the McCulloch County Historical Survey Committee. Also includes information on the Soldier’s Waterhole and the monument placed by the McCulloch County Historical Society. (Submitted on April 17, 2018.) 
 
Categories. Native AmericansWars, US Indian
 
Soldiers Waterhole Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, April 11, 2018
3. Soldiers Waterhole Marker
View to Southwest Along County Road 412 image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, April 11, 2018
4. View to Southwest Along County Road 412
Road crossing of Onion Creek is visible in background
Natural Fort image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, April 11, 2018
5. Natural Fort
Located 50 feet southwest of Soldiers Waterhole marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on April 17, 2018. This page originally submitted on April 17, 2018, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page has been viewed 47 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on April 17, 2018, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas.
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