They were serious about security.
We passed by the east of Amarillo and took the highway leading to Palo Duro Canyon State Park. We got there, paid the entrance fee and drove into, or I should say drove down and into the park. Palo Duro is approximately 120 miles long, 600-800 feet deep and is the second largest canyon in the US. The rocks expose a geologic story, layer by layer revealing a panoramic view of magnificent color.
There was a significant decisive battle at Palo Duro Canyon during the Indian Wars of 1874-1875 against the Southern Plains Indians, specifically the Comanche. The US Cavalry, led by Col. Randal Mackenzie, 4th US Cavalry descended a narrow zigzag trail down the south wall into the canyon and attached the first of five encampments of Kiowa, Comanche and Cheyenne at dawn on September 24, 1874. The Cavalry burned teepees and winter food stores. The Indian horse herd of 1400 was captured and driven to Tule Canyon. Mackenzie ordered 1100 of the horses shot the next day. Facing the coming winter without food or horses meant starvation. This forced the Indians to return on foot to the reservation in Fort Sill, Ok. The traditional way of life for the plains Indians was gone forever. Leader of the Comanche, Quanah Parker, will be examined later when we get to the town named for him.
|The Donley County Courthouse has a monument to the Ten Commandments also but here you can read what else is inscribed on the block of granite.|
|Courtroom, Donley County Courthouse|
|Wilbarger is one of the few counties with a Confederate Soldier Memorial.|
|Wilbarger WW1 Memorial|
|The Foard County Courthouse has an impressive Veterans Memorial with soldier and sailor.|
|Motley County Courthosue|
PS: Pantex is a Department of Energy facility for the production of nuclear weapons, which I worked on while in the United States Air Force. I am very familar with Pantex and what they do there.