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Home National & State Parks Other NPs Washita Battlefield Readies Summer Interpretive Programs

Washita Battlefield Readies Summer Interpretive Programs

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Washita Battlefield National Historic Site near Cheyenne, Okla. will initiate its regularly scheduled summer interpretive talks and tours beginning Memorial Day weekend May 26, 2012.

The site protects and interprets the setting along the Washita River where Lt. Col. George A. Custer led the 7th U.S. Cavalry on a surprise dawn attack against the Southern Cheyenne village of Peace Chief Black Kettle on Nov. 27, 1868.

washita_summer_2012The attack was an important event in the tragic clash of cultures of the Indian Wars era.

These programs will be held every Saturday and Sunday through the Labor Day weekend ending Sept. 3. This includes Memorial Day and Labor Day.

Ranger guided tours will be scheduled at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., and will start from the trailhead at the park overlook. Interpretive talks will be held at the park overlook at 11 a.m.and 3 p.m. Ranger talks and tours are also available by request or reservation during the weekdays.

The 1 1/2 hour-long guided tour and walking trail is mainly undeveloped, consisting of a mowed grass/dirt surface and is uneven in some areas.

The trail can become muddy during times of wet weather. Visitors are highly encouraged to wear sturdy walking shoes and bring supplies such as water, hat, jacket, insect repellant and sunscreen.

The programs are free to the public and no reservations are necessary. For further information call (580) 497-2742. For more information visit the web site at
www.nps.gov/waba .

The historic site is located near the town of Cheyenne, which is situated in western Oklahoma halfway between Amarillo, Texas and Oklahoma City, Okla. Cheyenne is approximately 30 miles north of I-40 on Hwy 283 and approximately 20 miles east of the Texas border.

 
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