|Ransom Canon, Cañon de Rescate|
in West Texas
Sometimes you can live in an area and never really know everything about it. About twenty-five miles from where I live in West Texas is an historical site called Ransom Canyon, a part of the larger Yellowhouse Canyon. And I never really knew it existed until recently. In 1977 it was incorporated into a town, but in the 1800’s it was the scene of trading in human flesh.
It became known as Ransom Canyon after it became the regular meeting place for the Comancheros and the Comanche and Apache Indians. The Comancheros would trade guns and whiskey for stolen cattle or, more often than not, white captives. The Comancheros would then ransom off the captives back to their families for a hefty sum. If the families didn’t or couldn’t meet the price, the captives were sold to the highest bidder. Not a pleasant life for sure for the captives. I can’t imagine.
But who were these Comancheros?
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Back to Ransom Canyon though….
It was carved out by a tributary of the Brazos River. The huge canyon was protected by steep walls which made it a perfect haven for travelers.
The Comancheros and Native Americans weren’t the only ones who used it. Because of its clear trickling streams and towering cottonwoods, it became regularly traveled. Besides the American Indians and Comancheros, buffalo hunters, U.S. Army soldiers, frontier settlers, and cowboys with their cattle herds camped here.
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Ransom Canyon and the Comancheros appear in my story for an upcoming anthology called GIVE ME A TEXAS OUTLAW that will release July 1st. I’m again featured with Jodi Thomas, Phyliss Miranda, and DeWanna Pace. This will make our fourth anthology together. We hope you look for it.
Have you had a strong connection to a historical place where it felt like you’d stepped back in time?