While there is much to learn at the Washita Battlefield no trip would be complete without a hike to the site of Black Kettle’s Village. Just a short drive a half mile from the visitor center on Highway 47A. While there is not much to be seen on the hike. I found it important to stand on the harrowed ground and pay respects for the tragedy that took place there.
At the trailhead of the 1.5-mile trail is a rock engraving about the events that took place. After reading about the Washita Battle I headed across the open Plains to the bend of the river where the Washita Battle took place. Along the trail there were several stops with a number to call to hear about the events of the battle.
The trail is unremarkable, but the event that took place is. A horrible tragedy that some would call a battle and others would call a massacre. History was forever changed at the Washita Battle a flickering light of a proud nation coming towards its end, and the continuing long burn of a fire that swept from seas to shining sea.
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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