Battle Canyon--The Battle of Punished Woman's Fork


Battle CanyonPhoto from the Southwest rim of Battle Canyon looking towards Squaw's Den

Often referred to as the Last Indian Battle in Kansas, the Battle of Punished Woman Fork took place in the valley and canyons that are located just south of present day Scott County State Lake. Scott County Lake is a spring fed lake and the battle site gets its name from the small creek that flows into the lake. Originally known as Punished Woman’s Fork or Famished Woman’s Fork the creek is now named Ladder Creek but is also known locally as Beaver Creek.


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