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Washita Battlefield National Historic Site

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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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

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 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

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 stars 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 stars 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 stars 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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Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2016 via mobile

My husband and I enjoyed the visitor center and the battlefield walking trail. The museum and video were educational in the visitor center. The ranger was friendly and knowledgeable. We walked the 0.4 mile improved trail around the visitor center. We also walked the 1.5 mile unimproved trail about a half-mile from the visitor center. There was nothing extra spectacular... More 

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San Antonio, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2016 via mobile

We came to learn history and expose our children to the good and bad of our past. The facility and staff are nice, informed, and receptive. The trails and movie provided lots of info, allowing my oldest to earn her Junior Ranger badge.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2016

When we visited the wind was howling and we were the only ones taking the self-guided tour of the battlefield, and I use the term loosely, as there really was no battle other than that which involved the ill-fated Major Elliott and his men. This is a very informative site and if you are in even fair physical shape, by... More 

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