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LOCATION:   173rd Brigade Memorial Highway (formerly State Hwy 173), between Kerrville and Bandera, just south of the Bandera-Kerr County line.  As you drive down 173, you?ll see a high and narrow, V-shaped natural erosion cut in the limestone ridge, measuring roughly 100 yds. wide by 500 yds long by 50-75 ft. high.  A State of Texas Historical Marker is on the west side of the highway.
 

BATTLE OF BANDERA PASS 
Happened in the spring of 1841, 11:00 a.m. (some reports place Battle in 1843) at a time in history when pioneers were settling on the Texas frontier.  The Republic of Texas gave Captain John Coffee Hays authority to protect Texans from Indian attacks.  At Bandera Pass the Indians ambushed Hays and 40 Rangers, but the Rangers? Colt Paterson Five-Shot Revolvers turned the attack into a bloody battle that ended in a bitter retreat for the Comanches.


GRAVE SITE LOCATION - SOUTH END

Grave sites are located at the lower south end of the Pass (Bandera end) near where a large water hole was at the time of burial.

          FOUR (4) TEXAS RANGERS, NAMES UNKNOWN

          TEXAS RANGER LEE JACKSON
 

GRAVE SITE LOCATION - NORTH END

Grave site is located near the upper north end of the Pass (Kerrville end), through the mountains.   Rocks are covering the grave.

          COMANCHE CHIEF, NAME UNKNOWN    

UNKNOWN BURIAL SITES - WARRIORS MOVED TO OTHER LOCATION(S)

          100 ± COMANCHE WARRIORS

The graves are on private property and
are not accessible to the public.  


 

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