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Washita Battlefield National Historic Site

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Ranked #146 of 421 Attractions in Oklahoma
Type: Battlefields, Historic Sites
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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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24 reviews 24 reviews
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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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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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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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18 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 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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37 attraction reviews
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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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22 helpful votes 22 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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East Liverpool, Ohio
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2013

The staff was very friendly and shared history. They had a nice history museum area. The staff answered any questions. They also had a very nice picnic area. It was worth the little drive to get to it. Would stop here again!

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Rosemead, California
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49 attraction reviews
84 helpful votes 84 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2012

I purposefully drove to Cheyenne, OK to see "Washita Battlefield National Historic Site". I wanted to see where Black Kettle had been killed. While doing the Chief Black Kettle Loop I learned that he and his followers were not allowed to camp with the more warlike members of his tribe (who already occupied the more defendable positions) and was thus... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2012

Unfortunately we arrived at the end of the day and missed a couple of minutes of the film but we did get most of it. The film was most informative. For a quick overview the films shown at the visitor centers cannot be beat. The film details the misguided path we, at least our government, lead native Americans down for... More

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