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Mar 20

The Dust and Fire Trail: Washita Battlefield National Historic Site

Dust and Fire Trail
Outside of the Washita Battlefield National Historic Site visitor center is the short-paved trail that looks at life on the plains.  The Dust and Fire Trail is just .4 miles in length but shows a long history of hard work and turmoil of a settler’s life.
Homesteading
The Dust and Fire Trail has interpretive signs at each stop along the trail.  The information tells about the wildlife, flora, fauna, and homestead that could be expected after the Oklahoma land run.  There was even a working wind mill.  A great little history lesson in addition to the history of the Washita Battle.
Windmill
I liked the fact that the Washita Battlefield National Historic Site tells both sides of the settling of the west.  The tragedy that continued to befall the Native Americans with western expansion.  Also, the fruit that sprung out of the blood drenched grounds.  Having the Dust and Fire Trail at the location that is preserving the battle that started the end of the Plains Native Americans.  By showing what life was like for those that replaced the indigenous people it is allowing the visitors to come to grips in their own mind what took place upon the land.
Washita Battle Site Visitor Center
Washita Battlefield National Historic Site
Located at 18555 Hwy 47A Cheyenne, OK 73628
Hours of Operation The visitor center is 8 to 5 but the park is open from Sunrise to Sunset
Cost as of this Posting: Free
For more information visit their website at https://www.nps.gov/waba/index.htm

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