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Memorials Monuments and Sculpture
The Commemoration of People and Places in the American West
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Memorials and Monuments
The First Invasion .c 1500’s
Note that these early dates (and the 100 years or so before)
are the time of the coming of the horse to the American Indian.
This inscription and others are in El Morro National Monument
on the south side of “Inscription Rock” in Cibola County, western New Mexico.
Wk. 2, 1/14/1882 – Timothy H. O’Sullivan
Mountain Man William Sherley “Old Bill” Williams
Called “Lone Elk” by several tribes. Killed by Utes in March of 1849
the statue stands in Bill Williams Monument Park in Williams, AZ
sculpture, 1980 by Bill Pettit; Photo: U.S. PD
Wk. 01, 01/03/1787 – William Sherley “Old Bill” Williams
The Oregon Trail – 1845-53
see: Wk. 22, 06/03/1850 – The Trails – map
Wk. 04, 10/28/1848 – Sutter’s Mill
The Grattan Massacre 08/19/1854
U.S. Army Camel Corps 1856 – 1863
Wk. 20, 05/14/1856 – Camels?
Wk. 50, 12/14/1902 – Hi Jolly
The Wickenburg Massacre
Wk. 45, 11/05/1871 – Wickenburg Massacre
Kid Curry – Parachute, Colorado -1904
Sculpture of the West
The popular wisdom on statues of mounted military figures says; if the horse is rearing (both front legs in the air), the rider died in battle; one front leg up means the rider was wounded in battle or died of battle wounds; and if all four hooves are on the ground, the rider died outside battle. No such convention exists.
A statue in Dendermonde, Belgium (his birthplace) honoring Father Pierre-Jean DeSmet [1801-1872]. Known the the Indians as “Black Robe”.
Photo: U.S. PD, Ad Meskens
Wk. 21, 05/23/1876 – Black Robe
Full size, bronze sculptures: Left: Tribute to Range Riders  by Constance Whitney Warren from the Oklahoma State Capitol Art Collection. Courtesy of the Oklahoma Arts Council. © State of Oklahoma and the artist. Photo: © John Jernigan. Right: Texas Cowboy  © by Constance Whitney Warren, displayed at The Texas State Capitol at Austin. Photo: Daniel Mayer via Wikipedia.
Wk. 41, 10/11/1948 – Constance Whitney Warren
Photo Gallery Index – Transportation Photos – Handcarts
PLAYERS H – Hand Cart, for all 10 expeditions: 1856 – 1860
Wk.23, 06/09/1856 – Perpetual Emigrating Fund
Wk. 42, 10/21/1856 – Fourth Mormon Hand Cart Company
Wk. 44, 10/31/1856 – Fifth Hand Cart Company
Wk. 39, 09/24/1860 – Tenth Hand Cart Company
Quotes Index – Commentators Quotes – Mormon Hand Carts
Charlton Heston, carrying a Henry Rifle, depicted as a scout on the Santa Fe Trail.
This commemorative sculpture by Sculpture by Fred Hoppe was dedicated 08/30/2003
Placed on a portion of the old Santa Fe Trail that runs through the National Rifle Association’s Whittington Center at Raton, NM.
Photo: © courtesy National Rifle Association. )
Wk. 50, 12/12/1929 – Charles Goodnight