50th Year Anniversary
1902 - 1952
Marker No: 2261
State Approved, Designated Stone Monument
Geographic: 35.536304, -100.96385
Location: 200th Block of Kingsmill Street, Courthouse Square, Pampa
Marker Text: Lest We Forget; Gray County; 50th Year Anniversary; 1902-1952; Dedicated to our early day pioneers, through whose efforts Gray County was established. And who contributed so much to our 50 years of progress.
Coronado explores the Texas Panhandle searching for Quivira.
Father Juan de Padilla Franciscan Missionary killed by Indians - first martyr to Christianity. In future U.S. site was day's journey either side of Canadian River. (Castenada).
Onate Expedition searches Panhandle for Gran Quivira.
Pedro de Villasur's ill-fated Expedition crosses Gray County.
Pedro Vial, first to cross overland from San Antonio to Santa Fe, camps of Red Deer Creek near Pampa on return trip.
Josiah Gregg views Red River Bluffs near Lefors.
Capt. Randolph B. Marcy and Capt. GeorgeBrinton McClellan discover source of Red River in Gray County. McClellan later commands Union Army during Civil War.
General Ranald S. McKenzie's troops route 262 lodges of Mow-Wi's Comanches on McClellan Creek capturing 100 squaws & 3000 horses.
W.S. Mabry surveys Gray County.
General Nelson A. Miles troops under Lt. Frank D. Baldwin rescue Julia and Adelaide German from Grey Beard's Cheyennes on McClellan Creek. Baldwin awarded Congressional Medal of Honor for bravery in this battle.
First military post in Panhandle established Cantonment Creek by Maj. James Biddle. Later moved and named Ft. Elliot, Maj. Henry Cary Bankhead, first commandant.
Gray County created, named for Judge Peter Gray, 1837-1874, member first Texas Legislature, member Texas Confederate Congress, Justice - Supreme Court.
152 voters organize Gray County with seat at Lefors. Changed to Pampa in 1928. (1971)