Washita Battlefield National Historic Site, Oklahoma

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Park Film  Before walking the park trail we recommend watching the park's 27-minute film: Destiny at Dawn - Loss and Victory on the Washita, in the new park visitor center on Highway 47A just west of Cheyenne, Oklahoma. The film focuses on the engagement and the events that led to it. It's a great way to learn the history of the site before taking a hike.

Discover History Naturally – Take a Hike  Visitors can join a park ranger for tours and talks during the summer program schedule. Visitors are asked to meet at the historic site’s overlook pavilion on Highway 47A to participate in the programs. Talks and walking tours are also available during the week on a walk-in request or pre-arranged basis. There is a 1.5 mile self-guided trail open from dawn to dusk, starting from the overlook. Starting Memorial Day we will be providing guided tours to the public. Guided tours will begin at 9:30 a.m. every Saturday until Labor Day. Weekend tours after Labor Day can be arranged as staff are available.

New Visitor Center    The park opened a new visitor center in August of 2007. Exhibits were installed in March of 2008. Special events are pl

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About Washita Battlefield National Historic Site:
Washita Battlefield National Historic Site protects and interprets the site of the Southern Cheyenne village of Peace Chief Black Kettle. The site, a National Historic Landmark, is located about 150 miles west of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, near Cheyenne, Oklahoma. Just before dawn on November 27, 1868, the village was attacked by the 7th U.S. Cavalry under Lt. Col. George Custer. The strike was hailed at the time by the military and many civilians as a significant victory aimed at reducing Indian raids on frontier settlements as it forced the Cheyenne back to the reservation set aside for them. However, Washita remains controversial because many Indians and whites labeled Custer's attack a massacre. Black Kettle is still honored as a prominent leader who never ceased striving for peace even though it cost him his life. The site was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1965,and was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1966. Washita Battlefield
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