Tag Archive: Historical Site

Mar 20

Washita Battle Site: Hike

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 …

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Mar 20

Washita Battlefield National Historic Site: Oklahoma

I find it important to know about the past.  The tragedies and the triumphs.  The Washita Battlefield National Historic Site preserves one of the great tragedies in American History. At dawn on November 27th 1868 Lt Col Custer attacked the Southern Cheyenne village of Peace Chief Black Kettle. This Oklahoma National Historic Site is located …

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Dec 06

Lava Flow Trail: Sunset Crater National Monument

The best hike in the Sunset Crater National Monument in Arizona is the Lava Flow Trail.  A short mile long loop that explores the volcanic landscape.  Overlooked by the San Francisco Peaks and Sunset Crater the Lava Flow Trail offers the best scenery in the park.   The Lava Flow Trail is an interpretive loop hike with …

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Dec 04

Lennox Crater Trail: Sunset Crater National Monument

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In a land of scenic views the Lennox Crater Trail offers yet once again another one.  A steep short trail that once I gathered my breath I was able to enjoy the fine sight of the San Francisco Peaks and the Bonito Lava Flow below.  A nice workout.  Worth doing if you have the time …

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Nov 30

Rim Trail: Walnut Canyon National Monument

Scenic, short, and flat, top three things that make for a “hey everybody can do this one” hike.  The Rim Trail at Walnut Canyon National Monument is an easy .7-mile trail that offers some wonderful views of the canyon below.  Home to over 300 cliff dwellings of the Sinagua people.  Walnut Canyon National Monument offers …

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Nov 28

Island Trail: Walnut Canyon National Monument

Easy to visualize but hard to fathom how any group of people would not only live on a cliff side rim but thrive.  The Island Trail provides a close up look at this historical site.  The trail drops 185 feet over a series of steps.  Once down to the “island” part of the trail the …

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Nov 12

Wupatki National Monument: Arizona

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In the rain shadow of the San Francisco Peaks sits the wondrous Wupatki National Monument.  The 1500-year-old ruins of the Hisatsinom or ancient ones.  Incredibly preserved in the desert landscape a visit to the Wupatki ruins was like taking a step back in time.  Close to Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument making a visit to …

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May 05

Fort Negley: Bastion of Nashville

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Fort Negley is a nice stop to escape the car.  Free, nice path to stretch the legs on, a little Civil War history, and an informative visitor center.  Not the greatest attraction in Nashville. However, if you are in a pinch to get the kids out and about Fort Negley will get the job done. …

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Feb 20

Fort Larned: National Historic Site

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Fort Larned is the nation’s best-preserved fort from the Plains Indian War Era.  Established in 1859 to protect people traveling on the Santa Fe Trail.  Fort Larned became one of the more important posts in the west during its 20-year operation.  Today the fort looks much the same as it did back then.  A visit …

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Oct 18

Pea Ridge National Military Park

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Pea Ridge National Military Park preserves one of the more important battle sites of the Civil War.  The ground there decided the fate of Missouri and set the stage for the Union to conquer the Confederate land west of the Mississippi.  While not as famous as the battles that came later and farther to the …

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