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Washita Battlefield National Historic Site

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A nice national park commemorating a terrible event in our history. Sad to see what the native americans went through in losing their land. There is a nice visitor center with a... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 weeks ago
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Naperville, Illinois
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Naperville, Illinois
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

A nice national park commemorating a terrible event in our history. Sad to see what the native americans went through in losing their land. There is a nice visitor center with a small museum that helps understand these events.

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Norman, Oklahoma
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 14, 2017

This site seemed to have it all together, which is not the case for some other sites dealing with Indigenous peoples in the United States. Interpretation was balanced and it was easy to follow exactly where the massacre (or battle depending on your interpretation of the events) took place. The center has an excellent overlook on this. You can also... More 

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West Lafayette
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 30, 2016

After two weeks driving the wide open spaces of the West and Southwest, it seems strange the the US government and it’s people all those years ago couldn’t find an accommodation with the native peoples. Too much racism and Manifest Destiny I guess. Places like this well designed, well presented facility help to correct the “cowboys and Indians” oversimplifications. It... More 

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 6, 2016

I had not heard of the Washita Battle so when we stopped I wasn't sure what to expect. There was a 30 minute movie that explained the battle and the events that lead up to it. If you are a history buff you will probably really like this stop.

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chicago
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 25, 2016

Places like this educate us on how bad our treatment of our native peoples was. Custer- who history has shown us to be an egocentric hothead- slaughtered in the early morning hours a tribe of sleeping Cheyennes. Not our country's finest hour. Visit- learn the story - and be suitably depressed. We were.

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oklahoma
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 22, 2016

An amazing and educational place. Lots of activities for all ages.All kinds of programs for the kids to do.

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Austin, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 22, 2016

My history books in school certainly skipped the tragic and inhumane truths about settling the Old West. The NPS and other places are working to present true history. The information here is presented well. The video is worth watching. Can't hide from the truth.

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mesa az
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 12, 2016

The I-40 signs mention Washita, but we had never stopped until checking online. Well worth the 25-minute drive (Sayre Exit). We were particularly interested in the Custer connection in the massacre. This event fills in his career between Gettysburg and Little Big Horn and it is was a preview of his strategy which later proved fatal.

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Long Beach, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 23, 2016 via mobile

I have been interested in this part of US history since childhood, so when I saw the sign for this battlefield, I took the time to visit. It's bet to start at the visitor's center, which does a great job of explaining the situation and happenings that lead up to the battle. The maps, photos and artifacts all help you... More 

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 18, 2016 via mobile

This battlefield represents a battle between Custer and the Indians. There is a nice small museum at the Visitors Center that does a great job being impartial and showing both the Indian and the USA sides. You can drive to the battlefield and also take a hike to where the Indian camp was. It was very peaceful and quiet.

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