Bush Knob Massacre

Bush Knob Massacre (HM1RF2)

Location: Throckmorton, TX 76483 Throckmorton County
Country: United States of America

N 33° 5.79', W 99° 8.58'

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In 1873, Rancher Bill Hayes organized a group to drive cattle to the Indian Territory. They gathered cattle, including some belonging to rancher and outlaw John Larn, who Hayes believed had earlier rustled his cattle. Larn and a deputy secured a warrant for Hayes' arrest and requested assistance from Ft. Griffin. Buffalo soldiers, under the command of Lt. Edward P. Turner, joined a posse assembled by Larn. They reached the herders and killed Hayes and others. The remaining cowboys were arrested and later killed on the way back to Clear Fork. While official reports indicate otherwise, it is believed that all of the cowboys were murdered. Tradition indicates that the victims were buried at Bush Knob Cemetery.
HM NumberHM1RF2
Marker Number15093
Year Placed2008
Placed ByTexas Historical Commission
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Sunday, April 3rd, 2016 at 9:01am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)14S E 486656 N 3661994
Decimal Degrees33.09650000, -99.14300000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 33° 5.79', W 99° 8.58'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds33° 5' 47.4" N, 99° 8' 34.8" W
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Area Code(s)940
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling South
Closest Postal AddressAt or near FM 923, Throckmorton TX 76483, US
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