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Nate Champion's Last Run

 
 
Nate Champion's Last Run Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, September 16, 2015
1. Nate Champion's Last Run Marker
Inscription. In the exciting history of the Johnson County Cattle War, no one is held in higher esteem than Nathan D. Champion. His last stand at the K C Ranch, where Kaycee, WY is now located, on April 9, 1892 pitted him against 50 well-armed Invaders. He single handedly held them at bay for seven long hours before the Invaders set fire to his cabin and forced him to make his last run. He was shot down as soon as he emerged from the smoke of the blazing cabin. However, his was a martyr's death because those seven hours gave Johnson County residents time to arm and prepare to meet the Invaders head on at the T A Ranch. The T A Fight ended in the surrender of the Invaders.
Nate Champion momentarily checked, and ultimately caused to fail, the Invasion of Johnson County. In doing so he save countless lives.
 
Erected 2008.
 
Location. 44° 20.885′ N, 106° 41.99′ W. Marker is in Buffalo, Wyoming, in Johnson County. Marker is on Fort Street near Adams Avenue, on the left when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 151 Fort Street, Buffalo WY 82834, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Nate Champion's Diary (a few steps from this marker); Homesteading and the Jenkins Family
Nate Champion's Last Run Statue and Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, September 16, 2015
2. Nate Champion's Last Run Statue and Marker
This marker is at the rear of the statue base.
(a few steps from this marker); Johnson County War Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); Johnson County Courthouse (within shouting distance of this marker); Powder River Country (within shouting distance of this marker); Occidental Hotel (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Living on the Edge (approx. 0.2 miles away); Big Horn Mountains (approx. 0.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Buffalo.
 
More about this marker. This marker and statue is located in front of the Jim Gatchell Memorial Museum.
 
Also see . . .
1. The Johnson County War: 1892 Invasion of Northern Wyoming - WyoHistory. The invaders (as they came to be known) included some of the most powerful cattlemen in Wyoming, their top employees and 23 hired guns. The invasion resulted from long‑standing disputes between these cattle barons, who owned herds numbering in the thousands, and small operators, most running just enough cattle to support their families. The event came to be called the Johnson
Nate Champion's Last Run image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, September 16, 2015
3. Nate Champion's Last Run
Statue by D. Michael Thomas, 2008.
County War.
(Submitted on December 13, 2015, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.) 

2. Johnson County War - Wyoming Tales and Trails. Controversies relating to roundups and the intermixing of different herds were, of course, nothing new. As an example, Nate Champion, himself, had been involved in disputes with Mike Shonsey, foreman of Western Union Beef Company's E K outfit. The dispute arose when Champion's cattle were mixed in with E K cattle. Shonsey promised to separate the two brands. He did so by scattering Champion's cattle over broad distances on the range. David Robb "Bob" Tisdale, a participant in the attack on the K C, took some of Champion's calves. Champion and his men, in retaliation, returned the compliment. (Submitted on December 13, 2015, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.) 
 
Additional keywords. Johnson County War
 
Categories. Notable Events
 
Nate Champion's Last Run image. Click for full size.
By Jm Gatchell Memorial Museum
4. Nate Champion's Last Run
The Invaders image. Click for full size.
By Jm Gatchell Memorial Museum
5. The Invaders
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on December 13, 2015, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 221 times since then and 60 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on December 13, 2015, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.
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