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Battle near Moab cost 22 lives

In June of 1881, as the U.S. Army was preparing to remove most Utes from Colorado to Utah, a group of Utes and Paiutes got into a battle with white settlers from Colorado and Utah.

At first called the Little Castle Valley Fight, the two-day skirmish later became known as the Pinhook Draw Fight. But it remains a little-known episode in this region's history. The carbine above, held by the Moab Museum, may have been used in the battle. My column about the fight is linked below.

Pinhook Fight 2-4-24
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bob silbernagel

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