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Washita Battlefield National Historic Site Announces Tours and Holiday Closings
For Immediate Release
Contact: Lisa Conard Frost
Date: November 15, 2011
With the holiday season upon us, the staff at Washita Battlefield National Historic Site would like to thank the public for their support in 2011 and wish everyone a happy holiday. We invite everyone to visit our visitor center which includes a park film, an exhibit area, and a bookstore. Park rangers are available to provide information and tours.
On Saturday, November 26th, and Sunday, November 27th, we will be observing the 143rd anniversary of the surprise dawn attack against the Southern Cheyenne village of Peace Chief Black Kettle by holding special guided onsite tours throughout the day, no reservations are required. Please stop by the visitor center for arrangements with the park staff.
The visitor center will be closed on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 24; Christmas Day, Sunday, December 25; and New Years Day, Sunday, January 1st, 2012.
“As we near the end of another productive year for the park, we pause to reflect on the many reasons to be thankful,” said park superintendent, Lisa Conard Frost. “As an agency given the important responsibility of preserving America’s History, we are definitely thankful for the public in allowing us to take care of your national park at Washita, a job we all love and take very seriously. I would like to especially thank our dedicated staff and volunteers, the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes of Oklahoma, tribal members, the Cheyenne community and surrounding area for their ongoing support and partnering for our park and programs. We hope to see you all in the upcoming year!”
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Washita Battlefield National Historic Site protects and interprets the setting along the Washita River where Lt. Col. George A. Custer led the 7th U.S. Cavalry on a surprise dawn attack against the Southern Cheyenne village of Peace Chief Black Kettle on November 27, 1868. The attack was an important event in the tragic clash of cultures of the Indian Wars era. The site is located in western Oklahoma near the town of Cheyenne, halfway between Oklahoma City, Oklahoma and Amarillo, Texas. The park’s new visitor center is located one mile west of Cheyenne on Highway 47A. For more information, call 580-497-2742 or check www.nps.gov/waba.