7-1-08 Washita Battlefield will be open during the Fourth of July Holiday
Washita Battlefield National Historic Site
The visitor center for Washita Battlefield National Historic will be open from 8:00 am until 5:00 pm during the federal holiday on Friday, July 4. At the new center, which is just west of Cheyenne, Oklahoma on Highway 47A, park rangers will be on hand to tell visitors about the attack in 1868. The visitor center also features exhibits, a Western National Parks Association bookstore, and a 26-minute film titled Destiny at Dawn.
In addition to the talks, park rangers are leading walking tours along the interpretative trail at 9:30 am each Saturday through the Labor Day weekend. The 1 ½ hour-long guided tours start from the park overlook. Walking tours are also available on other days of the week, depending on staff availability. Call 580-497-2742 to arrange weekday programs and walks. The mowed grass/dirt walking trail is not currently ADA compliant and can be muddy at times. Be prepared for changing weather and environmental conditions. Wear sturdy shoes and bring supplies such as water, hat, jacket, sunscreen, and insect repellant. These items may be purchased in the town of Cheyenne. The park bookstore sells commemorative bottles of water featuring the park’s name.
For additional information about the historic site please visit the park website at www.nps.gov/waba.
Did You Know?
Camp Supply was established in 1868 as a supply depot for U. S. Soldiers. It was from this newly formed camp that Lt. Col. George Armstrong Custer led close to 800 men on a march to punish the Southern Plains Indians for their involvement of raids and attacks on wagon trains, stagecoaches, and settlements.
Today the current location of Ft. Supply lies just one mile west of the original camp.