November 17, 2015
Shawn G. Gillette, (719) 438-5916
This year marks the 151st anniversary of the Sand Creek Massacre. On the morning of November 29, 1864 U.S. Volunteer Colorado Cavalry attacked a village of peaceful Cheyenne and Arapaho Indians encamped along the Big Sandy Creek. Over 200 men, women and children were killed and many of their bodies mutilated. Known today as the Sand Creek Massacre, this dark chapter in the history of the United States will be commemorated in two free programs in Kiowa County on Sunday, November 29, 2015.
Sand Creek Massacre National Historic Site
Gates will open at 7 a.m. for visitors wishing to access the park shortly after sunrise. Beginning at 8 a.m. park staff will present an interpretive program about the Sand Creek Massacre at the Monument Hill Overlook. Visitors are encouraged to dress warmly for this 40-minute program. Temperatures in November can range from the low 30's to the low 50's in the morning.
Crow-Luther Cultural Events Center, Eads
At 5 p.m., join Park Ranger Craig Moore for a 45-minute presentation entitled, "Coming Through the Fire." The program will chronicle the life and legacy of Cheyenne Chief Black Kettle. Black Kettle's attempts at peace, his narrow escape during the Sand Creek Massacre, and his death at the hands of Custer's 7th Cavalry in 1868 will be discussed.
The Sand Creek Massacre is located in Kiowa County, Colorado. To visit the site, follow Colorado State Highway 96 east off Highway 287 near Eads, or west off Highway 385 at Sheridan Lake. Near Chivington, turn north onto County Road 54/Chief White Antelope Way or at Brandon, turn north onto County Road 59. Follow these roads to their intersections with County Road W. The park entrance is along County Road W one mile east of County Road 54 or several miles west of CR 59.
Large Vehicles and Motorcyclists: Eight miles of well-maintained county roads lead to the site.