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Discussion in 'Photos' started by Buffalo Bill, Aug 24, 2009.
Here's one from the OK section of the TAT this past May...
Love the pic and the history. I find it facinating to stand where these storys, or dramas played out on the plains.
Quote from Chief Al-Le-Ga-Wa-Ho on may 27, 1872 in front of the agency building on the Kaw reservation in the Neosho Valley, near Council Grove, Kansas,when told they would be moved to a Oklahoma reservation.
<TABLE border=0 cellSpacing=0 cellPadding=4 width="100%"><TBODY><TR><TD style="BORDER-BOTTOM: 1px inset; BORDER-LEFT: 1px inset; BORDER-TOP: 1px inset; BORDER-RIGHT: 1px inset" class=alt2>"Great Father, you whites treat us Kon-Zey like a flock of turkeys, you chase us to one stream then you chase us to another stream, soon you will chase us over the mountains and into the ocean and we will have nowhere to live, we do not want to leave the Neosho Valley" </TD></TR></TBODY></TABLE>
Kansa, Chief Al-le-ga-wa-ho, who by tribal election became one of the three principal Kansa chiefs in 1867.
The pic below is what is left of the old agency building.
Kaw reservation lands untill 1872.
The ruins of reservation cabins built in 1861 can still be found along little John creek, 138 of them were built by the government for the Kansa, the Kaw used them as barns, prefering their lodges to the stone cabins.
Pi-Sing (Game) Kansa Warrior ca. 1868 Washington, D.C.
Back in the thirtys a Kaw warrior's burial site washed out of a bluff due to erosion, when the site was found by the land owner he saw that not only had the warrior been buried with his full battle and hunting gear, but he had been buried with his horse. The land owner built a stone munument at the top of the bluff and reintered the warrior and his horse into it. The land was donated back to the Kansa tribe who now only own about 80 acres of Kansas land along Little John creek.
In the late 1860's the Kaws were living in Kansas on the verge of starvation. Their population was less than 700 and they were noticeably decreasing in number. In the neighborhood of Council Grove they had a diminished reserve of some 80,000 acres, while their "trust lands" adjoining the reserve consisted of 175,000 acres.
To provide for the removal and most urgent necessities of the Kansas Indians, $25,000 was appropriated by act of congress approved February 14, 1873, said amount to be reimbursed from the proceeds of the sale of their lands in Kansas. The Kaws left their reservation in Kansas on June 4 and arrived at their new reservation in the Indian territory on June 21 "without the loss of one member, and without having had any difficulty with the whites or among themselves." Their number was 533.
The Old Kaw Reservation is about 6 miles South East of Council Grove.
This pic is from a site about 60 miles to the south west, the begining of the end for the Kaw.
Wah-shun-gah, principal chief of the Kansa in the 1880\'s after the tribe was forced to move to Indian Territory in 1873. This photograph may have been taken by C. M. Bell in Washington about 1880.
Very cool. Lived in Kansas for 5 years and never knew any of that. Thanks for sharing.
What's a Kansas boy doing in Washington?
I find it overwhelming to stand where so much history took place. It's just amazing to be there and realize what took place so many years ago. Really has a sobering effect.
The Buffalo played out.
Had to move to Washington, chasing aircraft work.
Moo you ever get the chance stop in at Council Grove on the Santa fe Trail, many an awesome adventure started from the Grove in the day.
After the harvest...
West of Medicine Lodge, Kansas.
My wife is the Curator for this park and its historical collection. Great place to visit. Rangers are dressed in period clothes and "living history" is the daily norm. Kit Carson grandson (not sure how many "great grandsons" down) works there seasonally.
My brother, dad,and I made that the last real sight seeing stop on our trip through the San Luis/Million Dollar Highway/Great Plains trip. It was as awesome as I remembered from 20 years ago or so when I was out there last.
Prairie Canyons of the Red Hills, just west of Medicine Lodge, Kansas.
This area of Kansas really is Breathtaking Klay. This was the land of the Kiowa, and Comanche. The treaty of 1867 with the plains tribes happened about 15 miles straight east of these pics on the Medicine River, this treaty would put Black Kettle's Cheyenne on the Washita for Custers attack on the Cheyenne the following year.
West of Medicine Lodge, Kansas, known as the Red Hills or Gyp Hills, for the gypsum mines. you may have a little of the Gypsum Hills hangin on your walls.
Infamous Bank Robbery of Medicine Lodge, Kansas.
Tragedy struck early on the morning of April 30, 1884. A heavy rain was falling that morning and there were few people on the street. Several men had gathered at the local livery to pass the time, as they were awaiting a roundup.
The bank opened at 9:00AM as usual. Frank Chapin, the office boy had gone to the post office. George Geppert, the cashier was settling the monthly accounts; and E.W. Payne, the president of the Medicine Valley Bank was working at his desk.
Four men rode into town from the south and hitched their horses behind the bank. When Mr. Geppert and Mr. Payne glanced up from their work a few minutes later, they found themselves confronted with the barrel of a revolver. They were ordered to put up their hands. Geppert did so, but Payne leaped to seize the revolver. Four shots were fired. Geppert received two of those shots, Payne one.
The Reverend Friedley across the street gave the alarm and Marshall Denn opened fire. The robbers broke for their horses and rode out of town. However, the outlaws were closely followed by a posse, those men that were at the livery awaiting the rain to let up. The town citizens that remained behind found George Geppert in the vault, dead. E.W. Payne was mortally wounded. The robbers left the bank without any of the bank money, but greater crimes were now afoot.
The robbers were seen crossing the Medicine River south of town. The posse opened fire. The robbers rode into the Gyp Hills and took refuge in Jackass Canyon, which is a box canyon. The outlaws were hemmed in, surrounded and brought into town and thrown in jail.
The identity of the outlaws turned out to be quite interesting. The leader was Henry Newton Brown, the Marshal of Caldwell, Kansas. His men were Ben Wheeler, assistant Marshal of Caldwell; William Smith, well-known cowboy; and John Wesley, alias Harry Hill, well known cowboy. Brown was the only notorious member; he had ridden with Billy the Kid in New Mexico.
When the robbers were brought into the rickety jail, the crowd yelled, Hang them! About 9:00PM, the still of the night was broken by three shots. Armed men had gone to the jail, forced open the door. The prisoners broke for freedom. Brown was killed; Wheeler was wounded, then hanged; and Smith and Wesley were hanged from trees along Spring Creek at the bottom of the hill of East First Avenue. The sheriff walked to the pump at 215 East First, the Watkins home, to fetch the outlaws their last drink of water.
This photo was taken at Medicine Lodge, Kansas just after the robbery. From left to right, John Wesley, Henry Brown, Billy Smith, and Ben Wheeler. Three robbers were lynched, Brown was shot.
Spring can't come soon enough!