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Interpritive Markers Sample
Wet/Dry Routes Markers

With their indepth research of the Santa Fe Trail, the Wet/Dry Routes Chapter felt some sites and trails needed more information. With this in mind the Chapter has placed in prominent locations along the Santa Fe Trail, "Interpretive Markers" to do just that. On these pages you will find a photo of the markers and the text placed on them.

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Love's Defeat Markers       Love's Defeat Marker Text


South of this point near the Arkansas River on June 26, 1847, a large number of Comanches attacked a sizeable encampment: Company B, First U.S. dragoons commanded by Lt. John Love; an army paymaster's outfit commanded by Maj. Charles Bodine; Indian Agent Thomas Fitzpatrick; two wagon trains; and several traders. In the ensuing confrontation, five dragoons were killed, and 160 yoke of oxen were driven off. The Comanches suffered a loss of twelve-fifteen warriors.

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