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Remembering the "Kidder Massacre" in Northwest Kansas

Depiction of the scene, witnessed by George Armstrong Custer, following the "Kidder Massacre" in Sherman County, Kansas, in the summer of 1867. (Image credit: Harper's Weekly)

Nearly 150 years ago this month, an army search party came across a grisly scene on the High Plains of northwest Kansas. Strewn across the land, near the banks of Beaver Creek in Sherman County, lay the mutilated remains of 12 men. Each body was pierced by 20 to 50 arrows; at least one was partially burned. All the men were scalped. Commentator Rex Buchanan recently visited the area near Goodland where the battle took place. 

Commentator Rex Buchanan is the interim director of the Kansas Geological Survey at the University of Kansas. He's a frequent Kansas traveler and a regular contributor to Kansas Public Radio. He's also co-author of the book Roadside Kansas, published by University Press of Kansas.

Remembering the "Kidder Massacre" in Northwest Kansas


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