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Washita Battlefield National Historic Site

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Should be called Washita MASSACRE National Historic Site

The Feds whitewashed what happened here. This was more than "a clash of cultures" but part of a systematic genocide and ethnic cleansing under the guise of Manifest Destiny. It... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed November 4, 2015
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Palo Cedro, CA
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Palo Cedro, CA
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10 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2015

The Feds whitewashed what happened here. This was more than "a clash of cultures" but part of a systematic genocide and ethnic cleansing under the guise of Manifest Destiny. It was very moving to visit this sacred place and to pay respects to the fallen victims of this massacre. No sympathy here for Custer, and only respect and admiration for... More 

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Blanchard
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2015 via mobile

We just went to visit 3:00 pm 10-11-15--Toxic fumes of sealant so visitor center closed until Wednesday park ranger said. Can still go to site and receive passport stamp but not stickers. They have a new phone number you can call that tells the story at each stopping point. Very handy feature and makes you feel more into the story.... More 

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Monroeville, Pennsylvania
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2015

This is a nice historical stop to see what the history really was, especially Custer's history and how some Native Americans were treated. First, be sure to stop by the visitor center - very helpful rangers - which is located a short drive from the actual site of the 'battle'. At the battlefield, there is a trail around the area;... More 

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Belper, Derbyshire
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2015 via mobile

This battlefield is the location of a massacre of native Americans by a group of soldiers led by General Custer. Albeit they thought they were attacking an Indian village containing warriors, it was actually a village in the command of Black Kettle who was trying to make peace with the Whiteman. He and his wife along with around 40 mostly... More 

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Chesterfield, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2015

Excellent Visitor Centre with a very informative video presentation outlining the tragic events which occurred here during the Indian Wars. Abundance of stories from participants on both sides, detailing a rather shameful episode involving Colonel Custer and his troop. Check it out and make your own decision.

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Houston, Texas
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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 via mobile

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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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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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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