Comanchero Canyons Museum
Covering area archaeology/history pre-man to pioneers
Fossils, stones & bones; Paleo Indians
1500 – Pre-Apaches greet visiting Spaniards & horses
1700s – Apaches yield to Comanches & Ciboleros (bison hunters)
Transition to Comancheros (traders)
1841 – Kiowas vs. 300man Texan-Santa Fe Expedition
1874 – 1875 Red River War/Buffalo War:
3,000 US troopers vs. multi- tribal resistance
1876 – Cattlemen & white settlements
Come to the Comanchero Canyons Museum in Quitaque, Texas to learn more facts and see artifacts from our canyons area history.
The first inhabitants in our area were Paleo Indians several thousand years ago and were followed by various groups of native Americans who hunted (primarily Bison) and gathered what plants they desired.
The first historic expedition through here was under command of Coronado in 1541.
The Comanches drove off the Apaches and ruled this area beginning in the 1700's.
Texas broke away from Mexico in 1836 and became a state in 1845 but in 1841 the Republic of Texas sent a 300+ man expedition through here headed to Santa Fe. They spent 22 miserable days in this area harassed by the Kiowas (Comanche allies) inhabitants and then finally they got up the Caprock and on to New Mexico where they were captured and marched to Mexico City.
The Comancheros (primarily Hispanic traders from Old Mexico and New Mexico) used this area as a rendezvous area with the Indians beginning in the 1700's and ending in 1875.
Colonel Mackenzie and the 4th Cavalry scouted this area in 1872 with a few hundred men and returned in 1874 with 3,000 U.S. troops to drive all Indians out of the area and onto the reservations in Indian Territory (now Oklahoma) by the middle of 1875.
Charles Goodnight was arguably the first cattleman to bring cattle into this area in 1876.
Unsolicited Review from Dallas - Ft Worth area:
Subject: A Surprisingly Exhibit, Nice People, Great History.
A Review of the Comanchero Canyons Museum
Reviewed December 1, 2018
My headline says it well. One block off the main highway through town in a former church building now resides this museum. We were promptly greeted by a friendly man who has some items on exhibit, but is mostly proud of all the artifacts and relics on display from local volunteers who both man the museum and have spent countless ours accumulating these treasures to share with those who inquire. I was surprised, having watched the old John Wayne movie, that The Comancheros were not simply wild bunch of robbers, but were traders and entrepreneurs who carved out a living for themselves in this hot, arid, rugged country of west Texas and eastern New Mexico. In the museum you will see paintings; animal furs; Indian tools, arrowheads, pottery; old bullets and guns; wagons that have been reconstructed; some old photos. Lots more. If you are lucky, one of the volunteers will walk you through giving as much info as you want and answering questions. They have a few items to purchase as souvenirs, and although there is NO entrance fee, they do appreciate a small donation. I would enjoy going back again to learn even more.
Date of Experience: November 2018