Washita Battlefield National Historic Site
|Nearest city||Cheyenne, Oklahoma|
|Area||315 acres (1.27 km2) in Roger Mills County, Oklahoma, USA|
|Governing body||National Park Service|
|NRHP Reference #||66000633|
|Added to NRHP||October 15, 1966|
|Designated NHL||January 12, 1965|
Washita Battlefield National Historic Site protects and interprets the site of the Southern Cheyenne village of Chief Black Kettle where the Battle of Washita occurred. The site, a National Historic Landmark, is located about 150 miles (241 km) west of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, near Cheyenne, Oklahoma.
The strike was hailed at the time by the military and many civilians as a significant victory aimed at reducing Indian raids on frontier settlements as it forced the Cheyenne back to the reservation set aside for them.
However, Washita remains controversial because many Indians and whites labeled Custer's attack a massacre. Black Kettle is still honored as a prominent leader who never ceased striving for peace even though it cost him his life.
|Washita Battlefield National Historic Site|
IUCN category V (protected landscape/seascape)
|Established||November 12, 1996|
|Visitors||14,215 (in 2004)|
A new visitor center operated by the Oklahoma Historical Society opened on August 25, 2007. The center features exhibits about the battle, the soldiers and the Cheyenne, as well as a film and a bookstore.
- "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2007-01-23.
- "Washita Battlefield". National Historic Landmark summary listing. National Park Service. Retrieved 2008-01-20.
- National Register of Historic Places Inventory-Nomination: Washita Battlefield. National Park Service. and PDF (254 KB)
- Park News
- National Park Service Official Site
- Washita Battlefield National Historic Site information, photos and videos on TravelOK.com Official travel and tourism website for the State of Oklahoma