Vicinity of Indian Fight - Merkel, Taylor County, Texas
Address: Fm 1235
Directions: from Merkel, take FM 1235 about 7 miles south
Marker #: 5441005646
Year Dedicated: 1968
Size, type: 18" x 28"
Last reported condition: None
Vicinity of Indian Fight - On New Year's Day, 1871, Indian raiders who had stolen horses in Coleman County were pursued and overtaken here by 18 Texas Rangers and cowboys. Leaders of the group were Captain James. M. Swisher and rancher Sam Gholson. The Indians took refuge in the heights west of Mountain Pass. The ensuing battle lasted all day, and at nightfall the raiders left the horses and fled. Of the fewer than one dozen Indians, one was killed, several wounded. One cowboy was wounded and another, J. M. Elkins, recorded the battle in his book, "Indian Fighting on the Texas Frontier." (1968)
Decimal degrees:  N 32.396948   W -99.972152
Degrees, minutes: N 32 23.817   W 099 58.329
UTM: Zone 14, Easting 408571, Northing 3584851
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