in Barber County (just east of Comanche County) is a historic
community. In addition to the Peace Treaties mentioned in the Historical
Marker (left) Carrie Nation made Medicine Lodge famous when she began
breaking up saloons with her metal-tipped cane in 1901. Eventually she began
using a hatch for her destruction, and sold lapel pins, shaped like hatchets,
to make bail when arrested.
The Gyp Hills begin just 4 miles west of Medicine Lodge. They are part of the Blaine Formation, which is up to 50 feet thick and includes several layers of gypsum, dolomite, and red shale. Massive amounts of gypsum are mined near Sun City and supply much of the nation's building trade with wallboard for construction projects. Gypsum, calcium sulfate, has a kind of crystal-like structure, and can be seen everywhere on the surface of the red dirt of this area. Apparently, there are also large cats in the area (bobcats? cougars?)-- from the look of tracks we found.
All photos © 2000 by Carol Yoho
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