Texas Forts Trail Region

Participant in the Texas Historical Commission's
Texas Heritage Trails Program

Albany: Archeological Investigations of Blanco Canyon

May 23, 2015 - 12:00pm
Map of the battle.

Join us as Todd Smith, investigator for the Lubbock County CDA, shares his findings of recent archeological work that he and others have conducted on the original site of the Battle of Blanco Canyon.

The Battle of Blanco Canyon was the decisive battle of Col. Ranald S. Mackenzie's initial campaign against the Comanche in West Texas, which took place near the Fresh Water and Salt Water Forks of the Brazos on October 10, 1871. The battle began around midnight when Quanah Parker led a small Comanche force into Mackenzie's cavalry camp, driving off about 70 horses and mules. Lt. Robert Goldthwaite Carter would earn the Medal of Honor from actions he took during the battle. Only one man was lost in the battle, but Mackenzie later regarded the entire expedition unsuccessful. However, the knowledge he gained from the expedition would prove valuable in subsequent engagements with Comanche during the Red River War of 1874.


  • Fort Griffin State Historic Site
  • 1701 N. U.S. Hwy. 283
  • Albany, Texas
  • 76430



  • General Admission

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