BSE Google Earth Tour and Geocaching

Welcome to the BSE Virtual Tours!  There are two different types of tours available.  One can be experienced virtually through place markers on Google Earth, and the other is a physical experience as well as virtual through the treasure hunt style of fact finding in Geocaching. All locations are estimated according to the account given by Charles L. Cooper,  Lieutenant of the 10th Cavalry, Company A from Fort Concho, Texas.   He wrote a letter to his father explaining the events that took place on that fateful journey.  This tour is designed to give the participant a window into the display of courage through hardships suffered by the Buffalo Soldiers of 1877 in West Texas.

BSE Earth Google Tour

The BSE Google Earth provides a way for visitors to experience the four day journey of the Buffalo Soldiers virtually. The concept behind the BSE Google Earth is to show the approximate relationship between the historic journey and modern day landmarks. A historic map attributed to Michael Harter and illustrated in Dr. Carlson’s book, The Buffalo Soldier Tragedy of 1877, pp. 83 shows the route taken beginning on July 26 and ending on July 30 at Double Lakes.  The map was overlaid in Google Earth to show the location of the BSE expedition.

The introduction to the expedition starts at Fort Concho, proceeds to Bull Creek and the expedition starts at Double Lakes.Users will click on the link below to launch BSE Google Earth. After the file opens it will zoom to the location of the historic map. Users will see the route outlined and a series of icons located at important points on the expedition. A zoom button is located on the right hand side of the screen. Zoom the map until the historic map; Bull Creek and Fort Concho are visible. Users may click on the icons starting with Fort Concho, Bull Creek, and GC1 and increasing numerical numbers to read about the 1877 Buffalo Soldier’s journey. 


The BSE Expedition of 1877 can be traced on the ground through Geocaching.

Geocaching is a method that makes use of GPS (Global Positioning Systems) devices for tracking the latitude and longitude of specific geographic locations. Geocaching makes use of the GPS technology for organizing “treasure hunts” that can be enjoyed by interested individuals, families, and groups to locate specific sites where hidden containers called geocaches have been placed.

In the course of the expedition, the buffalo soldiers and their buffalo hunter companions traversed current day Hockley, Cochran, Lubbock, Lynn, and Terry Counties in Texas and Roosevelt County in eastern New Mexico.  The mission ended in great hardship and the tragic loss of life of four Buffalo Soldiers who were engaged in the expedition.  A series of 11 geocaches were placed at key points along the trail traversed by the expedition explaining the story. 

The specific latitude and longitude locations for the points of interest on the tour are entered in the Geocaching website, for interested parties to trace the route and re-live the fateful adventures of the 1877 Buffalo Soldier Expedition.  The containers are not to be removed by the treasure hunters.  They contain information about the point of interest, sign-up sheets where tour participants can log-in that they have found the box, and, in some instances, small souvenirs for children who are on the hunt.  

BSE1877 Virtual Tour

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