Historical Marker Ahead

Massacre Canyon
Massacre Canyon

How many times have you seen the highway sign, “Historical Marker Ahead”, and actually stopped.  Probably not many.  After that second thought, brake-slamming, tire-squealing U-turn only to be disappointed, you vowed to never stop again.  But, I stopped at this one.

In fact, I made it a destination on my sand hills photo safari.  Located on US 34, about 15 miles west of McCook, NE, this historical sight is actually shown on the state road map.

Massacre Canyon Monument
Massacre Canyon Monument

Near this site, the last large-scale battle between Native American tribes took place in 1873.   A hunting party of the peaceful Pawnee tribe, half of which were women and children, was attacked by over 1,000 Sioux warriors.  The near annihilation broke the spirit of the Pawnee and was a major factor in their moving to Oklahoma reservations.

Thought for the Day:  We will be known forever by the tracks we leave.                                                                                                                                              Dakota Indian Proverb

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