There were other, more serious encounters with the Indians. On April 23, 1875, 40 men of the Sixth U.S. cavalry attacked 75 Northern Cheyenne on Sappa Creek, 14 miles south. Two soldiers and more than a score of Indians were killed. A Cheyenne raid in the autumn of 1878, brought death to more than 30 settlers on Sappa and Beaver Creeks here in Rawlins and adjoining Decatur counties.
Thousands of cattle were driven through this area in 1876-1885, plodding the Western cattle trail from Texas through Dodge City to Ogallala, Nebraska.
Rawlins County was established in 1873 and named for General John A. Rawlins who was adjutant to Ulysses S. Grant during the Civil War and is said to have had great influence on Grant. He became Secretary of War in 1869 when Grant became president.
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A tribute to the early citizens of Herndon is still standing today in the Herndon City Park. The Herndon Ball Diamond is a remarkable example of depression era public works that made life in that time a little easier and alot more enjoyable. Many a ball game has been (and still is)Herndon, KS Recreation
This wonderful structure was built in 1906 by Bohemian immigrants from Czechoslovakia. Originally located nine miles north and three miles west of Atwood, the church formerly known as Sts. Cyril and Methodius Catholic Church was moved to the museum complex in 1994 by the citizens of Atwood.Atwood, KS Historic Churches