101 Ranch
Monument Hill

The project is moving along nicely. The weather reduced the size of 101 O.T.A. membership that could attend but with their proxies we met with Richard Winterrowd of Lewis Associates Architects who presented a floor plan of sorts and explained some of the things he had in mind. (Click on the plan to get a larger version)

This was found to be a good working model for showcasing Monument Hill. Jean Evans OTA president expressed her opinion through Al Ritter that the site should stay as pristine as possible. Maintaining the sites historical significates while providing public access has been the goal from the beginning.

Richard assured everyone that the design could be as elaborate or as understated as we wish. The paths though distinctly drawn could easily be asphalt or concrete natural colored and blended into the grasses of the area. They could look more like a care worn path than a sidewalk.

The spiral shape of the path is the least obtrusive on the landscape. Public access requires compliance to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Some earth moving and leveling will have to take place and will no doubt look messy during construction. Richard made a point that any retaining structures would be made to look like natural outcropings of native stone. The fence surrounding the property could likewise be a combination of colored textured concrete and barbed wire in keeping with the character of the area.

Richard invisioned the parking lot to be accessable from both north and south. Buses would enter the south, park in the place provided, double parking as need be and exiting to the north. Ample single car spaces are provided along with handicapped parking.

This is yet another milestone for the project. It is looking like the project could run between $250,000 and $500,000. The more we can get for less goes without saying. We could use all the matching funds we can get to secure grants and such. If you would like to donate click HERE to contact us.

On a cool Friday morning, August 13, 2004, the 101 Ranch Old Timers Association met Crystal Douglas, Forensic Anthropologist on Monument Hill. Over the years it has been known that others were buried with Bill Pickett. The old gravestones that marked their location have been worn away by time so their locations were unknown.

The Kaw Tribe offered the use of their ground penetrating radar to help locate these graves. This is how the knoll looks as the work begins. 

First the area was marked off, designating possible locations of  graves.

A concrete slab southeast of the monument marks the location of an early day dry oil well.

Natural marks in the ground help give an idea where graves are located. A large round spot,large enough for a horse, was located. Bill Pickett's favorite horse Spradely was said to be buried near him, it was just not known for sure where until now. We must also keep in mind Spradley was a working cow pony in 1914. Bill was not buried until 1932.

Flat stones found in the area may have been headstones for those buried on Monument Hill. Names of those believed to be buried with Pickett are cowboy Henry Clay, Curbstone Curby, a Spanish American War Veteran and ranch ox driver, Gladys Hamilton, nine year old daughter of 101 Ranch hand Rhyne, Henry Horan, Jim Gates, Old Charlie (Miller's Cook), James T. Smedley, and a man named Sailor. These names and their burials are being documented by the 101 Ranch OTA.

Crystal Douglas begins by checking her equipment before she starts her search.

101 Ranch Old Timers take a look at the equipment Douglas uses. Younger members scour the area for "dinosaur" bones.

Douglas pushes the equipment back and forth across the knoll, watching the readings of the equipment. 

Her son follows behind her placing markers where graves are located. Orange flags mark the locations of the graves.

Orange spray paint is used to marks the location and size of each grave. Nine human graves were located, including Bill Pickett's and one of his favorite horses. The 101 OTA members  felt a sense of accomplishment when they left the site, knowing where the other graves were located.