Big Spring State Park on Route of Old Comanche War Trail

Big Spring State Park on Route of Old Comanche War Trail (HM1E3X)

Location: Big Spring, TX 79720 Howard County
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Country: United States of America
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N 32° 13.762', W 101° 28.904'

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For Comanche war parties, about 1750 to 1875, the Big Spring was an oasis. Here paths from northeast, north and northwest twined into the War Trail that led to San Antonio and other Texas points, and down into Mexico. At the Big Spring, parties from far away as the Arkansas Valley could rest their horses. At this point on return trips northward, their weary captives might find water, rest, and possibly food.

The Comanches harassed settlements, robbing and burning stores, mills, farms, ranches; killing men and capturing women and children to be held for ransom, slavery, or adoption into the tribe.

The War Trail was well marked, for warriors took on their long expeditions numerous pack and riding horses, hordes of dogs, and their women and children to wait upon the men and assist in the looting.

Indians in the Civil War years, 1861-1865, had much freedom to invade Texas. By 1866 they were selling to New Mexico traders thousands of cattle stolen from Texas ranchmen. Most of the Comanches were put on reservations in 1875. Afterward their old trails were used by white settlers and by hunting parties on special leave. In 1881 a hunting party attacked builders on the T. & P. Railroad working near here.Incise on base:Early travel, communication and transportation series
Erected by Moody Foundation 1966
HM NumberHM1E3X
Series This marker is part of the The Comanche Trail into Mexico series
Marker Number12670
Year Placed1966
Placed ByState Historical Survey Committee and the Moody Foundation
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Date Added Sunday, October 19th, 2014 at 10:35am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)14S E 266140 N 3568561
Decimal Degrees32.22936667, -101.48173333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 32° 13.762', W 101° 28.904'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds32° 13' 45.72" N, 101° 28' 54.24" W
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Area Code(s)432
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 101-303 State Park Road 8, Big Spring TX 79720, US
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