Friday, June 1, 2012

Hail, Custer's Last Stand

We left the Ft. Laramie area and continued on to a city park. The sun was sinking 8 PM, so time to look around and relax

Noticed the bark on the cotton wood trees how different it is from the trees in Florida. You could make a fire with the large bark.

We had dinner, then Liz made dessert. 321 cake and icecream. Can't beat it.

We stopped in Douglas, my house batteries decided to give it up. So got one, had to wait overnight for the other. So on to Douglas City Park.  Plink, plink, plink, rain? sky by golly it is hail...real hail.

See the hail on the ground?

We drove the next into very threatening can see a storm a long way off.

The storm is a long way off and you can see the rain in the mountains.

As we traveled into the next town we saw the information for Custer's Last Stand. Of course Southern Comfort just had to stop.
  This is some of the uniforms worn and the white leather jacket was one like Custer wore.

Skulls that were found in the area of Custer's men, were regenerated so we can see what they looked like.

Everywhere you see a marker, is where one of Custer's men fell.

Information here about the markers. Custer's men had shot their horses and hid behind them trying to shield themselves from the attack.

But they were in very open terrain on this hill and just never stood a chance.

June 25, 1876, approximately 100 years from the birth of this nation.

Read a bit about the memorial.

Markers are also there for the fallen Indians, their names and tribe are ingraved.

Another Marker

Cheyenne were here.

The Sioux and the Arapaho

The Arikara

The Crow

You can see by the number of tribes represented and the small number of men (220) that Custer had, he was out manned. It would have taken a miracle for him to have won this battle.

The Indians unified to make an effort to end the white man coming west. Although Custer was defended, it didn't end the trudge the white man was making to the west.

These markers where the brave men fell, following the orders they were given

A bust of Custer.

A bust of Sitty Bull, the chief that united the tribes against Custer.

This location just a mile or so fromt he battle site was where it all began.

More information on the battle.

This was well worth the stop, even though we were walking in wind and freezing rain.

A beautiful view now, and there is a national cemetary located here.

If you can read the sign we are in Montana now, leaving Wyoming behind.

We stayed a night in the Walmart parking lot and restocked. I found this statue in the little town. The boy on the right is showing the older man his fish, the older man is telling the boy how big the fish was he caught at just his age.

We leave here and head on to more beautiful areas.

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