Memorials Monuments and Sculpture

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Memorials Monuments and Sculpture

The Commemoration of People and Places in the American West

All photos included here are in the Public Domain in the United States of America unless noted otherwise. Western photographers are noted in the Players (if I have a workable date for them) [LOC = Library of Congress]. Nothing in the way of enhancement has been done to these photographs they are as originally produced. Photos with Copyright are noted and you should obtain specific permission from the holder of the copyright to use them.

 Memorials and Monuments

 The First Invasion .c 1500’s

“Historic Spanish Record of the Conquest” Timothy H. O’Sullivan – LOC
During the West of the 100th Meridian Expedition (1871-73)

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


OWDR Wm S Old Bill Williams Statue WebMountain 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

OWDR Oregon TrailTeninoMarkerOn the street in Tenino, WA – The last one West, the first one placed by Meeker.

see: Wk. 22, 06/03/1850 – The Trails – map


  Sutter’s Mill

A monument constructed near the site of the Sutter’s Mill gold discovery in California.
Photo: U.S. PD by Bobak Ha ‘Eri

Wk. 04, 10/28/1848 – Sutter’s Mill


 The Grattan Massacre 08/19/1854

Grattan Phil KonstantinPhoto U.S. PD Phil Konstantin

see also:
Wk. 33, 08/19/1854 – Grattan Massacre
The Originals Index – Battlefields and Massacres – Massacres by Indians


 U.S. Army Camel Corps 1856 – 1863

OWDR USCamCpsPrenticeWeb   Photo: Hist. Marker, Tiffany Prentice via

Wk. 20, 05/14/1856 – Camels?


OWDR Slaughter Slough MonumentSlaughter Slough Monument
Photo: U.S. PD 2011, McGhiever

see also:
Wk. 34, 08/20/1862 – Slaughter Slough
The Originals Index – Battlefields and Massacres – Massacres by Indians


OWDR Marlow Brothers MemorialIn Redbud Park – Marlow,OK
Photo: U.S. PD, unknown

TimelinesIndex – Timelines M-Z Index – Marlow Brothers Timeline
Quotes Index – Commentators Quotes – U.S. Supreme Court
Quotes Index – Cowboy Quotes – Judge A. P. McCormick


 Hi Jolly

OWDR Hi JollyWeb
Wk. 50, 12/14/1902 – Hi Jolly


The Wickenburg Massacre

OWDR Wickenburg Massacre Memorial
Wk. 45, 11/05/1871 – Wickenburg Massacre


Kid Curry – Parachute, Colorado -1904

Pull off I-70 at and find this account of the last ride of Kid Curry.
Photos © Mike Miller  {004}

Timelines Index – Timelines A-L Index  – Kid Curry Timeline
Photo Gallery – Lawmen and Outlaws Photos – [7R] Kid Curry


 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 [1926] 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 [1925] © 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


OWDR MormonHandcartStatueWebMormon Handcarts
Photo: U.S. PD CDGentry, statue by: Torleif S. Knaphus (1945).

Photo Gallery Index – Transportation PhotosHandcarts
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


OWDR PioneerWomanSculptCarptrashPioneer Woman Sculpture
Photo: U.S. PD, internet

Wk.16, 04/22/1930 – The Contest
Wk. 40, 10/03/1941 – Ernest Whitworh “E.W.” Marland


OWDR-HestonScoutNRAWEBThe Scout
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.  )


OWDR Charles_Goodnight J NguyenCharles Goodnight
Photo: U.S. PD, Internet

Wk. 50, 12/12/1929 – Charles Goodnight

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