Detail View: Bent-Hyde Papers: Casper to Mark Indian Battle That Gave Misspelled Name

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Bent-Hyde Papers, 1905-1918
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The collection consists of original maps of Indian and military positions of such areas as Sand Creek, the Arkansas River, etc., and correspondence between George Bent and George Hyde, covering the years 1905-1918.
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Casper to Mark Indian Battle That Gave Misspelled Name
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Bent, George, 1843-1918
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Hyde, George E., 1882-1968
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Fenwick, Robert W.
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ARTIST JUAN MENCHACA WORKS ON DIORAMA DEPICTING THE BATTLE Lt. Caspar Collins, for whom misspelled Casper, Wyo., was named, let cavalry unit. Casper to Mark Indian Battle That Gave Misspelled Name By ROBERT W. FENWICK Denver Post Staff Writer CASPER, Wyo. — An elabo-rate program of ceremonies was to begin here Sunday to observe the 100th anniversary of the his-toric Indian battle that gave this city its name — misspelled. Here for the occasion will be oldtimers, descendants of pio-neers, state, county and city of¬ficials and representatives of various historical organizations throughout the state. Site of the main ceremonies will be Fort Caspar which was rebuilt in 1938 on its original lo-cation. Guests of honor will include Miss Michele.Ann Portwood, an Arapaho from Riverton, Wyo. who holds the title Miss Indian America. Also taking part in the ceremonies will be units of the 3rd Howitzer Battalion, Headquarters Battery, Wyoming National Guard, and Indian dancers from the Arapahoe and Shoshone tribes of Riverton. Paul Henderson, historian for the Wyoming Parks Com-mission, will speak on frontier forts and points of interest on the Oregon Trail. An expansive diorama depict-ing the Indian battle being com-memorated will be dedicated by the Fort Caspar Commis¬sion. It was created in Denver by artist Juan Menchaca who is noted for his work with the Colorado State Historical Soci-ety and other historical organi-zations in the West, The battle occurred July 26, 1865, when a band of about 3,000 Sioux, Cheyennes and Arapahoes threatened a wagon train near Willow Springs about 17 miles from the North Platte River Crossing guarded by Fort Caspar. Lt. Caspar Collins, a cavalry officer, was sent with 25 men to the relief of the wagon train un-der Sgt. Amos J. Custard. The strength of the Indian band was unknown until they attacked. Collins was killed as he rode in¬to the attack head-on to save a fallen comrade. Casper was named in his honor, but in handling the name in Washington, it was misspelled by a postal clerk and the city has been known as Casper instead of Caspar as in-tended. The program and dedication were arranged by Ed Bille, Mrs. Edness Kimball Wilkins and Robert David, members of the Fort Caspar Commission.
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Cheyenne Indians--History--Sources
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Sioux Nation -- History
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Casper (Wyo.) -- History
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Platte Bridge, Battle of, Wyo., 1865
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Colorado--History--To 1876
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Cheyenne Indians--Wars, 1864
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Indians of North America--Colorado
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Collins, Caspar Wever, 1844-1865
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Arapaho Indians -- History -- Sources
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Menchaca, Juan, 1910-1999
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Newspaper clipping from the Denver Post dated July 25, 1965 describing ceremonies taking place in Casper WY commemmorating the 100th anniversary of the of the historic Indian battle that gave this city its name — misspelled.
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clippings (information artifacts)
Platte Bridge Fight
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University of Colorado Boulder Libraries Rare and Distinctive Collections
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Box 1 Folder 11
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