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If you have family history, stories, photos, books, marriages, births &
death records. Newspaper clippings such as obits, birth, wedding,
military, wills or other data about Wilkes County. Send the files to me
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Pioneer of Archer County Maggie
Holt Simpson once ran the Hotel in Holliday. The Hotel is soon to receive a
historical Marker. Read the Story of Maggie Holt
Communities of Archer
Before white settlement, Apaches, Wichitas, Tawakonis,
Kichais, Caddoes, Comanches, and later Kiowas camped and
hunted in the area now known as Archer County. Spaniards and
Anglos crossed through the area at various times, and in the
eighteenth century French traders operated a post close to
the two small mesas in the west central area later called
Little Arizona. Kichais defeated the Texas Rangers
in the battle of Stone Houses
in southeastern Archer County in 1837, and Kiowas led by
Kicking Bird defeated
United States cavalrymen led by Capt. Curwen B. McClellan in
the battle of the Little Wichita River
in the northwestern part of the county in 1870. On January
22, 1858, the Texas legislature marked off Archer County
from Clay County and named it in honor of Republic of Texas
commissioner Branch Tanner Archer.
No settlers had yet arrived. By 1875, however, the United
States Army had driven all the Indians from North Texas and
the area was open to settlement.
In 1874 the first
American settler, Dr. R. O. Prideaux, originally from
England, settled on the West Fork of the Trinity River in
southeastern Archer County. He had observed that the buffalo
he had shot there were fat. Soon other cattlemen and farmers
moved in, and scattered herds of longhorn cattle
were introduced to different parts of the county's
grasslands. For more see..
Handbook of Texas Online
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