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Carson Tree Legand (2)


This black and white document features the story of the Kit Carson Tree at the Riverside Park in Halstead Kansas.


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16 fire for the evening and morning meal. All was reported quiet and serene by the incoming scout, the moon sank slowly to rest amid a bank of western clouds. The camp was in peaceful slumber save the lone watchman of the caravan herd. It was perhaps three o'clock in the morning; a drizzling, chill rain had set in when a band of Comanches broke the stillness of the night, completely surprising the little camp. The heroic old trapper sprang form his coach, and there within the wagon corral the whites stood like tigers at bay. Chief Black Kettle, from whom the little creek took its name, closed in from the west, while Chief Hard Rope came down the east bank of the creek. For a time the affray was terrific, but the Red Men were held aloof. The Indian yell was horrifying, ammunition was running low, and the whites were fearful of the result. Morning dawned, the clouds broke away, the sun came creeping over the hill, the Indians formed for their final charge and were surely and slowly closing in, when above the clatter and din the quick and experienced ear of Carson caught the fiery blast of the army bugle and soon a portion of the Seventh U.S. Cavalry, commanded by General Custer, attracted by the cry of battle, dashed to their relief. The Indians retreated, taking with them their dead and wounded. Later on unearthing one of the mounds up the valley for inspection and truth, there lay the remains of an Indian Warrior, bow and quiver by his side, and the skull told the story of Kit Carson's unerring rifle. The old Kit Carson tree is passing away, and I am led and inclined to believe that the curious marks that one time mantled its old trunk bore an index to historic facts that now and for time to come must and will remain hidden mysteries. M.S.I.


Halstead (Kan.), Harvey County (Kan.), Trees, Landscape pavilions, Parks, Documents, Historical markers


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