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Discover Oklahoma- Washita Battlefield National Historic Site

CHEYENNE, OK (KSWO)- Knowledge of the events of history is always important. And some say studying history provides a context in which to fit all other knowledge. This weekend on Discover Oklahoma, you’ll be able to see one truly powerful historic site located in the western part of the state.

“I think people need to visit because I think it’s important to understand the entire history of the United States.” 

The Washita Battlefield National Historic Site near Cheyenne is an amazing, significant site, both peaceful and beautiful. It’s difficult to imagine though the ghastly and horrific scene that took place here on November 27th, 1868. This site marks the location of Lt. Colonel George Armstrong Custer’s surprise dawn attack on the southern Cheyenne village of Peace Chief Black Kettle. The clash of cultures that occurred that cold morning changed our nation forever.

“People will say it’s sombering. It’s sad, it’s unfortunate. Or, the point of I never knew this existed. I didn’t know Custer ever made it to Oklahoma or this area. So sometimes it’s astonishment. It’s new information. Other times, people know about it, like they say it’s a terrible point in our history. It’s something though that we need to be telling.”

The exhibits at the visitor’s center, prepared with assistance from the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes of Oklahoma tell this very important, history-making story and what it meant to America and the plains Indians.

You can see the rest of that story, plus discover an amazing spa located in the beautiful Arbuckle Mountains; meet a legendary musician whose store is in Guthrie; and be inspired in Edmond at the inspirations tea room all that and more on Discover Oklahoma Saturday at 6:30!

Information provided by Discover Oklahoma. 

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