As a reminder, a website created by Mr. DeMoss is on my web space at:
I would highly recommend reading Muriel Wright's Chronicles of Oklahoma article to which Mr. DeMoss refers and borrows maps from. This article is now on line in PDF (Adobe Acrobat) format at:
Angie Debo's article supporting the Payne County site is also online:
Note that the accounts of Sparks, Griscom, and Bates are not mentioned in these articles as the writers were not aware of them. DeMoss uses Sparks and I believe Griscom. Bates diary and letters are included in "A Texas Cavalry Officer's Civil War: The Diary and Letters of James C. Bates", edited by Richard Lowe.
Stephen said he doesn't care about the politics, he just wants to identify the site. Unfortunately, there are influential persons who have committed themselves to one site or another. The OHS is in the embarrassed position of promoting the Payne County site in contradiction of their claim of being 'neutral' and contradicting the volumes of evidence published in the Chronicles. It is the politics and egos that put up monuments, manipulate OHS, and provide information to authors and the NPS etc.