Crosbyton: Crosby County Pioneer Memorial Museum

Crosbyton: Crosby County Pioneer Memorial Museum

  • <p>Crosby County Pioneer Memorial Museum</p> <p>Two storey building with a flag in front</p>
  • <p>Quanah Parker (Tarrant County College NE, Heritage Room, Fort Worth, TX)</p> <p>Portrait of Comanche Leader Quanah Parker</p>
  • <p>Colonel Ranald Mackenzie (Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum)</p> <p>Portrait of Colonel Ranald Mackenzie</p>
  • <p>Comanche delegation in Washington D.C., ca. 1880-1899. Quanah Parker is far right. (Library of Congress)</p> <p>Group of men in formal attire</p>
  • <p>Blanco Canyon (CC BY-SA 4.0)</p> <p>Broad, hilly plain surrounded by a mesa</p>
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Blanco Canyon lies to the northeast of Crosbyton, and it is here the Colonel Ranald S. Mackenzie and Comanche leader Quanah Parker engaged in one of the most decisive battles in the U.S. cavalry’s campaigns against the Comanches in 1871. Although Mackenzie deemed it unsuccessful, the lessons learned about Plains Indian warfare would prove valuable three years later during the Red River War. Listen to the story here.

The Crosby County Pioneer Memorial Museum chronicles Mackenzie’s career and holds 23,000 Indian artifacts collected by Parker’s cousin.

Crosby County Pioneer Memorial Museum

  • Hours: Tuesday - Saturday, 9 a.m. - noon and 1-5 p.m.
  • Admission: none
  • 101 West Main Street, Crosbyton, TX
  • 806-675-2331
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