|Park where the Double Cabin stands|
Intrigued by the story told earlier on this blog about the shoot out at the double cabin, a cousin decided on the way to a family reunion recently to take a little detour to Holland Lake in Weatherford, Texas to see the cabins for himself. Claude Chambers took pictures and generously shared them with me. The historical marker confirmed that he had the right place.
|Orange arrows indicate where most of the|
bullet holes can be seen
Although the cabin was moved several years ago, it was carefully reassembled to preserve the history of the cabin. Originally built in an isolated area near Holland Lake in the late 1860's, today the cabin's surroundings stand in sharp contrast to their original location. Although the marker indicates that George McCleskey was killed in a shootout outside the cabin in July of 1873, as people stop and read the marker, peer into the windows and maybe even stick their fingers into the bullet holes, I imagine very few know the full story or comprehend the impact that event had on the wife and children who were left behind.
Thank you cousin Claude for taking time to visit the double cabin and for sharing with me your visit to this piece of family history!
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