The historic site is located near the town of Cheyenne, which is situated in western Oklahoma halfway between Amarillo, TX and Oklahoma City, OK. Cheyenne is approximately 30 miles north of I-40 on Hwy 283 and approximately 20 miles east of the Texas border.
Oklahoma State Highway 47A / Black Kettle Memorial Highway
To go to Washita Battlefield National Historic Site, one must drive on a roadway that has figured prominently in the development of western Oklahoma for over 75 years--Oklahoma State Highway 47 (SH-47).
Over the years, SH-47 has seen several notable periods of expansion. On June 19, 1939, the highway was extended form U.S. Highway 183 (US-183) south of Putnam, OK, westward to Leedey, OK. On June 20, 1940 it was extended even further west to Roll, OK, where it intersected with U.S. Highway 283 (US-283). On May 31, 1944, another expansion took the roadway eastward via US-183 to Thomas, OK.
The final lengthening of this highway took place on October 1, 1945, when it intersected with US-283 in Cheyenne, Oklahoma. From Cheyenne, SH-47 today travels westward to the Oklahoma/Texas line.
More changes were still to come for SH-47 but a notable one took place on September 7, 1965. On this date, SH-47A which directs travelers to Washita Battlefield National Historic Site's visitor center. In 1998, it was designated the "Black Kettle Memorial Highway."
Did You Know?
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.