Washita Battlefield National Historic Site

Washita Battlefield National Historic SiteWest of town
Cheyenne, OK 73628

Phone: 580-497-2742
Fax: 580-497-2712
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The Washita Battlefield National Historic Site marks the location of Lt. Col. George A. Custer's November 27, 1868 surprise dawn attack on the Southern Cheyenne village of Peace Chief Black Kettle.  Nestled along the Washita River, the Washita Battlefield stands as a nationally significant and protected area that highlights the United States government's Indian policy during the 1800s, as well as the Cheyenne's struggle to maintain control of their traditional homelands. Visit and witness the site of this tragic clash of cultures during the Indian Wars era.

Before heading out onto the park trail, stop at the park's visitor center to see exhibits, browse through the Western National Parks Association bookstore, or watch the 27-minute film "Destiny at Dawn - Loss and Victory on the Washita."  The film focuses on the military engagement that happened here and the events leading up to it, and provides an informative history lesson before exploring the site. Visitors will also enjoy a breathtaking view of the Washita River Valley from the visitor center and Hwy 47A overlook.

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  • General Information: Free admission

  • Group Amenities: Bus/Motorcoach Parking

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8:00 am

5:00 pm

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Tuesday

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Wednesday

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Friday

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Saturday

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5:00 pm

Historic site and trail open daily from sunrise to sunset.




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From TL Shannon on 10/29/2013

Unfortunately, this is distorted history. Custer actually located the village by following the tracks of an Indian raiding party. Captive white women and children in the village were murdered by the Indians before Custer could save them. None of this is mentioned by the government employees managing the site.


 
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