“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Near Crawford in Dawes County, Nebraska — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)

The Flight of the Cheyennes

The Flight of the Cheyennes Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Connor Olson, May 25, 2021
1. The Flight of the Cheyennes Marker
Inscription.  Just before 10 P. M. on January 9, 1879, the 130 Cheyennes held in the cavalry barracks made their desperate bid for freedom. After disabling the soldier guards, they fled across this ground to the White River beyond. Under heavy fire from pursuing troops, they followed the river and climbed the high buttes several miles to the west. During this initial fighting, twenty-seven Cheyennes and five soldiers were killed. The Cheyennes were buried in a mass grave near the post sawmill.
Erected by Nebraska State Historical Society.
Topics and series. This memorial is listed in these topic lists: Native AmericansWars, US Indian. In addition, it is included in the Nebraska State Historical Society series list. A significant historical date for this entry is January 9, 1879.
Location. 42° 39.816′ N, 103° 27.851′ W. Marker is near Crawford, Nebraska, in Dawes County. Memorial can be reached from Bridges to Buttes Byway (U.S. 20) 0.2 miles south of Soldier Creek Road, on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Harrison NE 69346, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker
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. Cavalry Barracks/Cheyenne Outbreak (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Sea Level Bench Mark (about 500 feet away); Adjuncts Office/Guardhouse (about 600 feet away); Crazy Horse (about 600 feet away); Fort Robinson (approx. 0.2 miles away); Officers’ Row, 1874-1875 (approx. 0.2 miles away); K-9 Training Area (approx. ¼ mile away); 1909 Brick Barracks (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Crawford.
Credits. This page was last revised on May 30, 2021. It was originally submitted on May 26, 2021, by Connor Olson of Lemmon, South Dakota. This page has been viewed 74 times since then and 20 times this year. Photo   1. submitted on May 26, 2021, by Connor Olson of Lemmon, South Dakota. • Devry Becker Jones was the editor who published this page.

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