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Washita Battlefield NHS Takes the 19th Century into the 21st Century
Washita Battlefield National Historic Site is using modern technology to take visitors back into the past. The park has recently implemented a free cell phone audio tour for visitor use at the overlook and on the trail. Washita joins Grand Canyon National Park and many other National Park Service units in making information available to visitors via cell phone.
Superintendent Lisa Conard Frost said that the park has been working on the project with OnCell Systems, an audio tour company based in Pittsford, New York. She went on to say that, “This added service is not meant to replace our visitors’ interaction with park rangers; rather it will give them another way to connect with the park, especially those visitors who have limited time or come outside of Visitor Center hours.”
The new audio tour, available to anyone who wants to experience it, is a free service of the park, only costing visitors their normal fees for cell phone usage. We recommend that you check with your service provider regarding coverage.
Approximately twelve cell phone stops describe significant aspects of Lt. Col. George Armstrong Custer’s attack on Cheyenne Chief Black Kettle’s village at dawn on November, 27, 1868. Aside from the actual attack, other stops include information on Magpie’s escape, the Pony Kill site, the fate of Major Joel Elliot and other topics.
For a preview of the Washita Battlefield National Historic Site’s cell phone audio tour,