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Old 01-18-2011, 06:20 PM   #1216
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Prairie Canyons of the Red Hills, just west of Medicine Lodge, Kansas.


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Old 01-18-2011, 06:43 PM   #1217
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Old 01-19-2011, 04:00 PM   #1218
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This area of Kansas really is Breathtaking Klay. This was the land of the Kiowa, and Comanche. The treaty of 1867 with the plains tribes happened about 15 miles straight east of these pics on the Medicine River, this treaty would put Black Kettle's Cheyenne on the Washita for Custers attack on the Cheyenne the following year.

West of Medicine Lodge, Kansas, known as the Red Hills or Gyp Hills, for the gypsum mines. you may have a little of the Gypsum Hills hangin on your walls.





Infamous Bank Robbery of Medicine Lodge, Kansas.

Tragedy struck early on the morning of April 30, 1884. A heavy rain was falling that morning and there were few people on the street. Several men had gathered at the local livery to pass the time, as they were awaiting a roundup.

The bank opened at 9:00AM as usual. Frank Chapin, the office boy had gone to the post office. George Geppert, the cashier was settling the monthly accounts; and E.W. Payne, the president of the Medicine Valley Bank was working at his desk.

Four men rode into town from the south and hitched their horses behind the bank. When Mr. Geppert and Mr. Payne glanced up from their work a few minutes later, they found themselves confronted with the barrel of a revolver. They were ordered to put up their hands. Geppert did so, but Payne leaped to seize the revolver. Four shots were fired. Geppert received two of those shots, Payne one.

The Reverend Friedley across the street gave the alarm and Marshall Denn opened fire. The robbers broke for their horses and rode out of town. However, the outlaws were closely followed by a posse, those men that were at the livery awaiting the rain to let up. The town citizens that remained behind found George Geppert in the vault, dead. E.W. Payne was mortally wounded. The robbers left the bank without any of the bank money, but greater crimes were now afoot.

The robbers were seen crossing the Medicine River south of town. The posse opened fire. The robbers rode into the Gyp Hills and took refuge in Jackass Canyon, which is a box canyon. The outlaws were hemmed in, surrounded and brought into town and thrown in jail.

The identity of the outlaws turned out to be quite interesting. The leader was Henry Newton Brown, the Marshal of Caldwell, Kansas. His men were Ben Wheeler, assistant Marshal of Caldwell; William Smith, well-known cowboy; and John Wesley, alias Harry Hill, well known cowboy. Brown was the only notorious member; he had ridden with Billy the Kid in New Mexico.

When the robbers were brought into the rickety jail, the crowd yelled, “Hang them!” About 9:00PM, the still of the night was broken by three shots. Armed men had gone to the jail, forced open the door. The prisoners broke for freedom. Brown was killed; Wheeler was wounded, then hanged; and Smith and Wesley were hanged from trees along Spring Creek at the bottom of the hill of East First Avenue. The sheriff walked to the pump at 215 East First, the Watkins home, to fetch the outlaws their last drink of water.





This photo was taken at Medicine Lodge, Kansas just after the robbery. From left to right, John Wesley, Henry Brown, Billy Smith, and Ben Wheeler. Three robbers were lynched, Brown was shot.


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Old 01-21-2011, 06:56 PM   #1219
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Old 01-23-2011, 01:53 PM   #1220
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Gyp Hills. Kansas.

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Old 01-24-2011, 08:17 PM   #1222
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Old 01-25-2011, 07:00 PM   #1223
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Old 01-25-2011, 07:14 PM   #1224
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Still the Medicine Lodge area? Cool shot. Reminds me of the Big Basin area out toward Dodge City.
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Old 01-26-2011, 03:06 PM   #1225
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Moo, yes that pic was taken in the Gyp Hills just west of Medicine Lodge, that area is really worth a look if you ever get the chance. Ted Turner bought the Z-Bar ranch in the Gyp Hills back in 2000, Ted doesn't buy land unless the land is pristine, the fact that he bought 35,344 acres says a lot. I think he paid $250 an acre about 9 million. His Buffalo herd is something to see if you ever see them bunched up.


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Old 01-26-2011, 03:33 PM   #1226
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Gyp Hills, the twins.

I like twins . . .

Here's the area I was talking about. A little different than I remember it I guess, but still cool. Believe it or not, the last pic of this tree waaayy out by Dodge at the time was the state champion black walnut.





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Big Basin is west and a little north of the Gyp Hills, the Gyp Hills are in between Medicine Lodge to the East and Coldwater to the West on 160, then over to the Oklahoma border to the south.


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Old 01-26-2011, 03:41 PM   #1228
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Cool pics Moo. Did they have buffalo on it when you were there? There is an old ghost story about the basin, it involves a cowboy being thrown from his horse into the basin when he stumbled on it in the dark, he supposedly fell in the basin and drown and was never found, they used to claim it was bottomless. Seems like they dumped dye in it once and it came out some where on the Cimmaron river. The Basin area is geting over to where Jedediah Strong Smith, the explorer mountain man, was killed by the Comanche. Jedediah was once mauled by a grizzly, Jim Clyman sewed his ear back on, he was a tough one but a few Comanchee waxed him in may of 1831 along the dry route on the Santa Fe Trail, along the Cimmaron in south west kansas.

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[QUOTE=46moo;15037967] I like twins . . .
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Moo, how much you want to bet that for as long as men have walked by that formation they have nudged each other and laughed.

Comanche war partys would avoid it because everyone wanted to go home when they rode by it. Not really.
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Moo, how much you want to bet that for as long as men have walked by that formation they have nudged each other and laughed.
First cowboy to second cowboy: "You just said twins!"
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