Established in 1901, a trade center and livestock shipping point
at the north edge of Canadian River Valley that cuts a broad swath
through High Plains of the Texas Panhandle.
- BATTLE of ADOBE WALLS - Site where two famous Indian
battles were fought. Col. Kit Carson (in his last fight ) and
his U.S. troops in 1864 narrowly escaped defeat by Kiowa and Comanche
Indians who had been molesting wagon trains and settlers. Ten
years later, in 1874, Indians under Quanah Parker and Lone Wolf
attacked buffalo hunters camp at second battle of Adobe Walls
near the first site. A fierce dawn attack opened the siege, and
though the Indians were repulsed, the party of 28 men and one
woman was surrounded, and it seemed only a matter of time before
the superior number of Indians would prevail. On the second day
a group of Cheyenne appeared on a high mesa overlooking the camp,
setting the stage for William (Billy) Dixon's famous shot. From
within the stockade he shot an Indian from his horse at a distance
approaching seven-eighths of a mile! The Indians were so shocked
at the white man's shooting ability that they mounted only desultory
attacks thereafter and soon withdrew. The site is some 18 miles
northeast of Stinnett on private ranch lands off highways; not
readily accessible. Local directions available. There are historical
markers on the site.
- ISAAC McCORMIC PIONEER COTTAGE - A restored home of
area's first settler, built in 1899. Furnished in the pioneer
style displaying artifacts from 1890's. Inquire locally for hours
of operation. Located on the town square.
- SCENIC DRIVE - A 25 mile loop south and east to Borger
crosses rough, canyon-cut landscapes of Canadian River breaks
and leads across a dam impounding Lake Meredith. South on F.M.
687, F.M. 1319, and east on Texas 136.
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