Washita Battlefield National Historic Site Announces Its Summer Programs for 2014
Contact: Kathryn Harrison , 580-497-2742
Washita Battlefield National Historic Site will initiate its summer program schedule for 2014 beginning Memorial Day weekend, May 24, and ending Labor Day Weekend, September 1. We will offer ranger programs every weekday at 10 am and at 9 am and 10 am on Saturdays and Sundays. On select Sundays, we will have a special program at 2 pm.
As in past years, interpretive talks will be held each Saturday and Sunday at 9am and 2pm at the park overlook. Rangers will discuss the events leading up to November 27, 1868 and its aftermath. Please allow approximately one hour for the talk.
The guided walking tour lasts approximately 1 ½ hours. Meet the ranger at the trailhead at the park overlook at 10 am to learn about the battle and its points of interest. The walking trail is undeveloped, consisting of a mowed grass/dirt surface and is uneven in some places. The trail may become muddy and slick during times of wet weather. Visitors are encouraged to wear sturdy walking shoes and bring water, hat, and sunscreen since the summer heat can be oppressive.
New this summer will be the "Ranger's Choice" program held weekday mornings at 10 am. These programs will feature 20-30 minute talks on selected topics chosen by park rangers. A list of each day's programs will be on display at the reception desk. The overlook talks and walking tours are available by request during the weekdays, but are subject to staffing availability.
Also new this year will be our "Summer Lecture Series" held Sunday afternoons at 2 pm in the park's theater. We will be showcasing a wide variety of speakers and topics so watch for the announcement on dates and speakers coming soon.
It's going to be a great summer at Washita Battlefield National Historic Site! Please join us!
Did You Know?
Camp Supply, Indian Territory, was established November 1868, to support General Philip Sheridan's winter campaign against the Southern Plains Indians. Lt. Col. George Armstrong Custer and the 7th U.S. Cavalry left this camp to search for and engage "hostiles" reported to be in their winter camps along the Washita River. This historic post is located 13 miles north of Woodward, Oklahoma on Highway 183.