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A Museum of History and Art in historic Lipscomb, Texas
Map 13310 Highway 305 · P.O. Box 5
Lipscomb, Texas 79056
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January 8, 2012

WOLF CREEK HERITAGE MUSEUM NOTES
by Virginia Scott

MUSEUM HAPPENINGS On work day, last week we prepared the museum for our Lipscomb County Student Art Show. Unfortunately, we are learning this week that most of our schools are not teaching art in any form any more. Everyone is focusing on the state tests. With this change, this may be the last year for the art show. We did receive art from the Booker Elementary School and the kids did great. Their pieces were hung Wednesday so come in and view their creativity.

As you may recall, we are members of the Texas Plains Trail and one of the projects this year with this group is the erection of giant arrows along the path of Quanah Parker and the Comanche Tribe in our area. We went to Wheeler on Friday to watch them erect three arrows in Wheeler and Mobeetie. The arrows are beautiful and the feathers sing in the wind. The arrows will eventually have marker stating the significance of the site. Stay tuned for information on arrows in Lipscomb County.

HISTORICAL MUSINGS

This interesting story was the December 18th day by day from the Texas State Historical Association: In 1883, Ranald Slidell (Bad hand) Mackenzie, hard-driving cavalry officer, was diagnosed as suffering from "paralysis of the insane." Mackenzie was born in New York City in 1840. He received his education at Williams college and at the United States Military Academy, where he graduated in 1862 at the head of his class. After the civil war he became one of the leading cavalry commanders on the frontier, leading the fourth United States Cavalry in a number of campaigns against various Indian tribes. In Texas he is best known for his victory against the Comanches at Palo Duro canyon and for the extralegal Remolino raid into Mexico in pursuit of Kickapoo raiders. Mackenzie's plans to marry and to retire near Boerne,Texas in 1883 were ended by his increasing mental illness and he was committed to a New York asylum in 1884. He died on Staten Island in 1889.


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