• Along the Washita - 1868 by Gene V. Dougherty

    Washita Battlefield

    National Historic Site Oklahoma

Washita Battlefield Summer Schedule

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Date: May 6, 2010

WASHITA BATTLEFIELD NATIONAL HISTORIC SITE
ANNOUNCES ITS SUMMER OPERATIONS

Washita Battlefield National Historic Site will begin its regularly scheduled summer interpretive talks on Memorial Day weekend May 29, 2010. The programs will be held at the park’s overlook every Saturday and Sunday beginning at 9:00, 10:00 and 11:00 am and afternoon’s at 2:00, 3:00, and 4:00 pm.  This schedule will be followed through the Labor Day weekend.

In addition to the talks, park rangers will lead tours along the interpretive trail beginning at 9:30 am each Saturday. The 1 1/2 hour-long guided tour will start from the park overlook. Those attending the 9:00 am talk will be finished in time to join the walking tour if they wish. Walking tours are also available daily at 9:30 am, depending on availability of staff.  The walking trail is mainly undeveloped, consisting of mowed grass /dirt surface and is uneven in some areas. Trails 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, or sunscreen.  Items may also be purchased in the town of Cheyenne or the bookstore at the visitor center if you forget to bring your own.

To schedule a weekday program, guided tour, or for general information, please call 580-497-2742 or visit the park website at www.nps.gov/waba.

Did You Know?

Granite map depicting the attack at the park overlook.

Washita Battlefield National Historic Site was established to protect, and interpret the site where at dawn on November 27, 1868 the Southern Cheyenne village led by Peace Chief Black Kettle was attacked by the 7th U.S. Cavalry under the command of Lieutenant Colonel George Armstrong Custer.