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Washita Battlefield National Historic Site

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Nice New Facilities

All of the facilities here appear to be recently completed or renovated. The visitor center is really nice with a good small interpretive hike around the visitor center. A few... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 25, 2015
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Houston, Texas
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Houston, Texas
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75 reviews 75 reviews
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128 helpful votes 128 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

All of the facilities here appear to be recently completed or renovated. The visitor center is really nice with a good small interpretive hike around the visitor center. A few miles away is the trail head to get to see the actual location of the event. Definitely worth an hour of your time if anywhere near the area. An important... More 

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Providence, Utah
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2015

The amount of history in this area is astonishing! Cattle ranching and trail drives, California gold trails, the Santa Fe Trail, oil booms, the southern buffalo herd, long horn cattle, "Buffalo Soldiers" and more are all near here. Many of the Indian war battles occurred on these plains and the Washita Battlefield National Historic Site captures the history of this... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

If your a history buff, you will enjoy and respect the programs that the national park service has developed at this site. Beautiful landscape as well

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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26 reviews 26 reviews
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39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

Washita is the battleground where Custer massacred a Cheyenne Village and killed Chief Black Kettle. It is a sad time in our history and this NPS Historical Site does a very good job in presenting the facts and material. The visitor center is top notch and worth spending some quality time exploring. For me the real highlight of the trip... More 

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Cecilia
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23 reviews 23 reviews
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25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

Washita Battlefield National Historic Site commemorates an American tragedy. In November 1868, George Armstrong Custer and his 7th Cavalry attacked the peaceful Cheyenne village of Chief Black Kettle. Black Kettle had already survived the Sand Creek Massacre in Colorado; at the Washita he was killed, along with a few warriors and many women and children. To commemorate the tragedy, the... More 

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VA
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11 reviews 11 reviews
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2014

Visited this Oklahoma National Historic Site in May. Have to say the Park Ranger guides are very knowledgeable about the area and the history of the site. Toured the visitor center, watched the very powerful movie, and armed with bug spray, we walked the 1.5 mile trail with a guide who knows the site's history very well. Signs along the... More 

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Coulee Dam, Washington
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35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2014

John Wayne taught us the wrong way to pronounce Washita rofl, it's Wash i tah, sorry Duke but y'all got this one wrong. As a park junkie this was a must stop for me. Very nice visitor center and the staff on duty was extremely knowlegable. The caveat is that the particular volunteer on duty the day I was there... More 

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Van Buren, Arkansas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2013

This is one of the places in US History that although small in acreage had a large impact on the development of the plains and westward expansion. Knowing what took place here and the causes behind it made this a moving and emotional experience for me. The visitor center is very good, the staff great, I do recommend the walk... More 

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Fayetteville, Arkansas
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26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2013

My husband and I brought our home-schooled 8 year old to Washita Battlefield for a field trip. We went in the middle of the day on a Sunday. We were the only visitors to the park during that time. The whole trip took around 2.5 hours. The visitor's center was very nice and the rangers were friendly. I was impressed... More 

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Cheyenne, Wyoming
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2013

The museum in the visitor's center was very nice. It's a great place to take your time and read the history of the battle. Outside the visitor's center is a short trail called the "Dust and Fire Trail". It gives a small sample of what pioneer life was like. There is a small cabin and a water-pumping windmill along the... More 

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