This site is dedicated to Medicine Lodge and Barber County, Kansas & Its History
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The following information comes from The Gyp Hill Premiere's Special Edition on Peace Treaty. It gives a glimpse of what took place in 1867 and also a look into our area's rich history.
Located at the
junction of Highways 160 and 281, and joined by the scenic Gyp Hills on
the West, Medicine Lodge is not only a historic community, but is also
family and business oriented. The county seat of Barber County, its
quality educators, fine churches, recreational programs, business
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What now comprises the center of the business district of Medicine Lodge, was once a protected area surrounded by a stockade, to keep the little populace and their guarding militia sage from Indian raids
A Captain Ricker commanded the Barber County organization, and John Mosely was second in command. It was the duty of the Medicine Lodge and Sun City militia to guard and keep the territory from Caldwell to Dodge City, and south to the Cimarron river, clear of marauding bands of Indians.
The stockade in
Medicine Lodge was built by the militia and citizens, and guards were
Many times, 200 persons would gather in the stockade with the wagon teams, cows and dogs. Rations were issued each day. Corn was ground on a coffee grinder for bread, and buffalo meat was used.
The meat wagon stood just north of what is now the Trice building, and everyone helped himself to meat. When the wagon was empty, two men were detailed to get more.
In the stockade, time often dragged for the men. The saloon had gone dry, but there were cards, and most of the men played all the time they were not dancing. Dancing took place in the cool mornings and evenings, and many tripped the light, fantastic in their bare feet.
The drill ground was outside and southeast of the stockade. A man was kept on guard on top of the stage barn. When ordered, every man had to run to the place he had been assigned to guard, when a gun was fired. Target practice was held quite often.
The young men who had no families were kept scouting a good deal of the time. There were over 100 miles of the state line to guard, and there were no roads.
The outfit and rations
of a scout consisted of rifle, carbine, 100 cartridges tied on the
saddle and in the belt. A grain sack with five days rations, including
army crackers, bacon, sugar and coffee was tied on the saddle with
frying pan and coffee bucket. The rations became pretty stale toward the
end of the trip.
On June 17, 1874, the Osage Indians made a raid on Kansas and killed John Martin and Elijah Kennedy, two and one-half miles southwest of Medicine Lodge. Issac Kein was killed on Cedar creek, three and one-half miles west of town.
The Peoples Bank has erected a monumental replica fence in remembrance of the original Stockade. It is located in the Washington Street exit of the bank.
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