Battle of the Neches Remembered


Cherokee Chief Duwa’li Bowles illustration by Paige Bridges.

An annual ceremony honoring Cherokee Chief Bowles and the many others killed by Texas Militia in 1839 takes place on July 14 at the historic Battle of the Neches site on Van Zandt County Road 4923 off State Highwy 64 between Ben Wheeler and Tyler. The American Indian Cultural Society maintains the land and holds the event which includes Native American dancers in full regalia, inter-tribal singing and dancing, speakers and Indian foods including fry bread, tacos, and fried hot dogs. Guests should bring lawn chairs.

The location is available to visitors throughout the year as well.

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