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Across The Fence: Billy Dixon at Adobe Walls, June 1874
August 22, 2013 M. Timothy Nolting   

Photograph of the new Adobe Walls: origin unknown

In 1843 William Bent established a trading post, near the Canadian River, in the north-central Panhandle of Texas. From 1843 until 1848 the outpost served as a gathering place for trappers, traders and the Native people of the region. Originally a log fortification, enclosing 6,400 square feet, the post was soon reinforced with adobe blocks nearly two-feet thick.

As hostilities between the whites and the local Kiowa and Comanche t...

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