“The Ballad of Hardin Town”


"I'll tell you a tale of Ioway... about a crime in Hardin Town...." Barowner Thorne has betrayed an Indian chief's daughter. The chief seeks him out in the bar, but is shot by an unknown assailant. The chief's son kills a bar patron and goes to prison

Historical references

  • 1847 - The Hardin Tragedy. An old Indian was shot to death, and his son randomly killed Patrick Riley in revenge. There was no ravished daughter, and the old man was not a chief


  1. Burt, pp. 136-137, "(The Ballad of Hardin Town)" (1 text)
  2. BI, Burt136


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1951 (Hempel, Annals of Iowa)
Found in: US