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Citizens Encounter Indians Near Flat Top in Young Co.

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Young County, Texas
Citizens Encounter Indians Near Flat Top in Young Co.

    During 1875, the Indians made a raid near the Wm. Metcalf and McKinney place, on the Brazos, and on the two Keechis. These Indians were discovered by Huse Bevers, not a great distance from the present town of Graford. So in a short time, Huse Bevers, Will Bevers, Shafe Vaughan, Jepp Crawford, and W.M. Hobbs, were on the Indians trail. After traveling for a considerable distance, Houston Bevers turned back, for he was mounted on an inferior pony. The others followed the Indians to Flat Top Mountain, in Young County, about twelve miles northeast of Graham, and near the old J.C. Loving ranch. Here they came upon six or seven Indians around a butchered beef. The citizens returned the fire which was started by the savages; and W.M. Hobb's horse was shot from under him. In a short time, however, the Indians fled, and soon succeeded in reaching the roughs. Will Bevers cut off one Indian from the others, and chased this savage about one-half mile. It was highly probable this Indian was wounded, but he escaped. The Indian's white horse, however, was found dead sometime later. This was the last Indian raid in Palo Pinto County. And the citizens recovered twenty-eight head of stolen horses. They then spent the night at the Loving Ranch, in Lost Valley.

The above story is from the book, The West Texas Frontier by Joseph Carroll McConnell.

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