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Adobe Walls : The History and Archaeology of the 1874 Trading Post - T.Lindsay Baker

Adobe Walls

The History and Archaeology of the 1874 Trading Post

Paperback Published: 4th April 1986
ISBN: 9781585441761
Number Of Pages: 430

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In the spring of 1874 a handful of men and one women set out for the Texas Panhandle to seek their fortunes in the great buffalo hunt. Moving south to follow the herds, they intended to establish a trading post to serve the hunter, or “hide men.” At a place called Adobe Walls they dug blocks from the sod and built their center of operations

After operating for only a few months, the post was attacked one sultry June morning by angry members of several Plains Indian tribes, whose physical and cultural survival depending on the great bison herd that were rapidly shrinking before the white men’s guns.

Initially defeated, that attacking Indians retreated. But the defenders also retreated leaving the deserted post to be burned by Indians intent on erasing all traces of the white man’s presence. Nonetheless, tracing did remain, and in the ashes and dirt were buried minute details of the hide men’s lives and the battle that so suddenly changed them.

A little more than a century later white men again dug into the sod at Adobe Walls. The nineteenth-century men dug for profits, but the modern hunters sere looking for the natural time capsule inadvertently left by those earlier adventurers.

The authors of this book, a historian and an archeologists, have dug into the sod and into far-flung archives to sift reality form the long-romanticized story of Adobe Walls, its residents, and the Indians who so fiercely resented their presence. The full story of Adobe Walls now tells us much about the life and work of the hide men, about the dying of the Plains Indian culture, and about the march of white commerce across the frontier.

"...a milestone in the historical archaeology of the Southern Plains and an eloquent testimony to the cooperation of scholars with two different but obviously complementary perspectives." - Journal of American History

List of Figuresp. vii
List of Mapsp. xi
List of Tablesp. xiii
Forewordp. xv
Introductionp. xvii
The Hide Men Come to Adobe Wallsp. 3
Seeds of Unrest Flower into Violencep. 39
The Battle of Adobe Wallsp. 50
Who Was Really There?p. 75
Adobe Walls after the Fightp. 93
Adobe Walls since 1874p. 110
The Settingp. 125
Overview of the Site and Field Workp. 130
Structuresp. 137
Building Furnishingsp. 174
Tools and Equipmentp. 182
Transportationp. 232
Containersp. 238
Personal Artifactsp. 251
Unclassifiable, Geologic, and Zoological Artifactsp. 279
Conclusionp. 289
Notesp. 295
Bibliographyp. 343
Indexp. 393
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ISBN: 9781585441761
ISBN-10: 1585441767
Series: History and Archaeology of the 1874 Trading Post
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 430
Published: 4th April 1986
Publisher: TEXAS A & M UNIV PR
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.96 x 15.52  x 2.67
Weight (kg): 0.59