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Near Kermit in Winkler County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Willow Springs

 
 
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By Richard Denney, April 17, 2014
1. Willow Springs Marker
Inscription. Located 6.6 miles east of this site in the Sand Hills, Willow Springs was known to Comanche Indians and to West Texas pioneers as an important source of water. It was frequently used by gold seekers on their way to California after the 1849 gold discovery there. In 1901,“Judge” A. Hayes found the remains of a charred 40-wagon train at Willow Springs. Evidence indicates there had been a killing at the site, and artifacts from the unidentified massacre have been placed at Sul Ross State University in Alpine.
 
Erected 1964 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 5853.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Comanche Trail into Mexico marker series.
 
Location. 31° 39.877′ N, 103° 1.072′ W. Marker is near Kermit, Texas, in Winkler County. Marker is at the intersection of State Highway 18 and County Route 401, on the left when traveling south on State Highway 18. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Kermit TX 79745, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 12 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Christ The King Catholic Church (approx. 8.4 miles away); Ward County (approx. 9.2 miles away); Roy Orbison
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By Richard Denney, April 17, 2014
2. Willow Springs Marker
(approx. 10.1 miles away); Wink (approx. 10.3 miles away); Winkler County Discovery Well (approx. 10.3 miles away); 381st Bomb Group (H) B17 (approx. 11.5 miles away); Rattlesnake Bomber Base (approx. 11.5 miles away); Old Wink Cemetery (approx. 11.7 miles away).
 
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Additional comments.
1. Lost Wagon Train
A good source for the history and legends surrounding the wagon train found in the dunes is Patrick Dearen's Castle Gap and the Pecos Frontier. Fort Worth: Texas Christian UP, 1988
    — Submitted April 29, 2014, by Richard Denney of Austin, Texas.

 
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Willow Springs Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, July 12, 2015
3. Willow Springs Marker
View north on highway 18
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on April 29, 2014, by Richard Denney of Austin, Texas. This page has been viewed 509 times since then and 82 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on April 29, 2014, by Richard Denney of Austin, Texas.   3. submitted on August 10, 2015, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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