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The 36th Annual OIW Assembly
Chasing Apaches, Kit Carson and Billy the Kid
Las Cruces, New Mexico, October 1-4, 2015
The 36th Annual OIW Assembly will be held in Las Cruces, New Mexico, starting on October 1, 2015. The bus tour guides will include Ed Sweeney, Danny Aranda, Bill Cavliere & Layton Hooper. Fort Stanton, Fort Cummings and Mescalero will be on the itinerary and the premier event will be a trip through Cooke’s Canyon in four-wheel drive vehicles. We’ll also visit Lincoln, New Mexico, where Billy the Kid shot his way to freedom. Lincoln is a trip back in time to the 1880s New Mexico when Lincoln was the scene of violence and greed, murder and mayhem.
Fort Stanton was abandoned to the approaching Confederate army. Kit Carson was sent to use the fort as a base to subdue the Mescalero Apaches. Much of the fort is still standing and a new museum is in the building that once held Billy the Kid prisoner.
Cooke’s Canyon is one the deadliest spots in all the southwest. Only six miles in length, the canyon is littered with graves – most unmarked. The trail was the dread for every traveler on the Butterfield Stage trail. This is a four-hour ride spectacular which is not for everyone – no bathrooms or immediate medical assistance.
This trip will have it all – Cochise, Victorio, Mangus Colorado, Kit Carson, Billy the Kid, forts and battlefields and an incredible trip through Cooke’s Canyon. More details to follow. Put the dates on your calendar. The Cook’s Canyon trip will be limited to 45 hardy souls.
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Denver Indian Wars Symposium
Our annual, one-day spring conference in Denver for students, scholars and followers of western history.
Was held on April 18, 2015 - Sorry you missed it!
Tentative date for 2016, Saturday, May 21!
Website Updated May 5, 2015
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OIW Board of Directors
Mike Koury, Chairman
Larry Bartlett, Charlie Cooper, Layton Hooper, Earl Hunsicker, Danny Martinez, Ron Nichols and Mike O’Keefe
Emeritus: Neil Mangum
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We seek to understand and commemorate the history of the peoples and events in our past...on both sides.
We also seek to preserve and protect those important sites associated with the history of the Indian Wars in this country and to encourage individuals and groups to become involved in the preservation effort of their communities. Once these sites are gone they can never be regained.
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