Chief James Bigheart's grave on the northeast edge of Barnsdall.
I thought this was really neat. The rancher had found an iron
bed headboard and incorporated it in a gate he was building.
It took a few miles on the narrow, shoulderless road to find a
place to turn the RV around, but I had to go back and get a shot
of this. Then, it was another few miles before I could find a place
to turn around again. I probably went ten miles out of my way
for this one picture, but I appreciated the rancher's cleverness
and artistic eye.
As you drive the short distance from Pawhuska to Barnsdall, you pass another page from the history of the Wild West, the site of the Battle of Wooster Mound. The Martin Gang, mainly brothers Sam and Will Martin, were wanted for murder and robbery over a five-state area. On Aug. 8, 1903, they were overtaken at Wooster Mound by U.S. Deputy Marshall Wiley G. Haines, Osage Chief of Police Warren Bennett, and Constable Henry Majors. A fierce gun battle ensued. Of the principal combatants, the Martin brothers were killed, and Marshall Haines was seriously wounded, but recovered. According to Judge Horace Speed, “No better stroke for law and order in the territory was ever struck than in wiping out the vicious Martin Gang.”