Cowboy Cemetery


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On September 12, 1878, the bodies of Reuben Bristow and Fred Clark were found near hear. It was believed they had been killed by Northern Cheyenne Indians lead by Chief Dull Knife. Bristow and Clark where cowboys hauling salt for Comanche Pool cattle when Dull Knife fled harsh conditions on the reservation near canton. The salt haulers, probably crossed the path of the Cheyenne during their desperate flights home to the northern plains.


Directions:

Go eleven miles north of the junction of U.S. 64 and Highway 50 north (known as Camp Houston north of Freedom, Oklahoma). Continuing north the paved road will end at a gravel/dirt road Y. There is a sign pointing west to Cowboy Cemetery. You will travel some miles west on a winding gravel/dirt road. You will come to another Y with a sign pointing to the right. Go just a little bit down that road, cemetery is on the right. Watch for it, the cemetery's fencing is the same color as oil/gas pipelines in the area. Also watch out for cattle trucks.


36.96656, -99.14971
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  • Salt Haulers Grave
    On September 12, 1878, the bodies of Reuben Bristow and Fred Clark were found near here. It was believed that they had been killed by Northern Cheyenne Indians led by Chief Dull Knife. Bristow and Clark were cowboys hauling salt for The Comanche Pool Cattle Company when Dull Knife fled harsh conditions on the reservation near Fort Reno. The Salt Haulers were probably killed for their mule team and firearms. The two cowboys apparently crossed the path of the Cheyenne during their desperate flight home to the Northern Plains. (Note: Picture on this site is out of date. The fencing around the cemetery has changed)


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