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Near Chivington in Kiowa County, Colorado — The American Mountains (Southwest)
 

The Sand Creek Massacre

Sand Creek Massacre National Historic Site

 
 
The Sand Creek Massacre Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Duane Hall, October 8, 2010
1. The Sand Creek Massacre Marker
Inscription.  On November 29, 1864, U.S. Colonel John Chivington and 700 volunteer troops attacked an encampment of Cheyenne and Arapaho along Sand Creek. The thunderous approach of horses galloping toward camp at dawn sent hundreds fleeing from their tipis. Many were shot and killed as they ran. While warriors fought back, escapees frantically dug pits to hide in along the banks of Sand Creek - cannonballs later bombarded them.

In the bloody aftermath, some of the soldiers mutilated dead bodies and looted the camp. Later, most of the village and its contents were burned or destroyed.

Among the slain were chiefs War Bonnet, White Antelope, Lone Bear, Yellow Wolf, Big Man, Bear Man, Spotted Crow, Bear Robe, and Left Hand - some who had worked diligently to negotiate peace.

Sand Creek Massacre National Historic Site commemorates all who perished and survived this horrific event, Cheyenne, Arapaho, and Colorado soldiers. This site also symbolizes the struggle of Native Americans to maintain their way of life on traditional lands.

(Photo Caption)
Cheyenne Chief War Bonnet, pictured during a visit to President
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Abraham Lincoln, was slain at Sand Creek in 1864.
 
Erected by National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Native AmericansWars, US Indian. In addition, it is included in the Former U.S. Presidents: #16 Abraham Lincoln series list. A significant historical month for this entry is November 1853.
 
Location. 38° 32.691′ N, 102° 30.265′ W. Marker is near Chivington, Colorado, in Kiowa County. Marker can be reached from County Road W, 1.3 miles east of County Road 54. Marker is located in Sand Creek Massacre National Historic Site; the above directions are to the intersection of County Road W and the driveway to the park visitor center. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Eads CO 81036, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Conscious and Courage (a few steps from this marker); Welcome to the Sand Creek Massacre National Historic Site (a few steps from this marker); Why A 33 Star Flag (within shouting distance of this marker); Humans and the Prairie (within shouting distance of this marker); Sand Creek as Camp Site (approx. ¼ mile away); Fort Lyon Reservation (approx. ¼ mile away); Returned to Sand Creek (approx. half a mile away); Sacred Memory (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Chivington.
The Sand Creek Massacre Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Connor Olson, August 30, 2021
2. The Sand Creek Massacre Marker

 
More about this marker. The marker is at the Monument Hill trailhead
 
Also see . . .
1. Sand Creek Massacre National Historic Site. Official National Park Service website. (Submitted on March 24, 2014.) 

2. Sand Creek Massacre - Wikipedia entry. (Submitted on March 24, 2014.)
 
Entrance to Sand Creek Massacre NHS image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Duane Hall, October 8, 2010
3. Entrance to Sand Creek Massacre NHS
View to northwest from County Road W towards overlook area and marker site
Site of Sand Creek Massacre image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Duane Hall, October 8, 2010
4. Site of Sand Creek Massacre
View from the overlook
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on September 6, 2021. It was originally submitted on March 24, 2014, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page has been viewed 1,635 times since then and 22 times this year. Last updated on September 3, 2021, by Connor Olson of Kewaskum, Wisconsin. Photos:   1. submitted on March 24, 2014, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas.   2. submitted on August 30, 2021, by Connor Olson of Kewaskum, Wisconsin.   3, 4. submitted on February 19, 2014, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.

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