Near Eads in Kiowa County, Colorado — The American Mountains (Southwest)
The people’s bloody trek northwards continued for miles. Women and children stopped only long enough to dig pits along the stream’s dry banks and channel. A young woman, White Horse, mother of Chief Kias, “... was hit on the calf of a leg. She rushed toward the flag at first, but fled when the soldiers began firing. She fell down when the bullet struck her leg, but got up and made her way toward Sand Creek. As White Horse ran along Sand Creek she passed many dead people, from babies on up ...
By evening, Volunteers made their way back to the village. Here, some of the lodges were used to doctor the wounded while buffalo robes and other abandoned possessions were taken for bedding and “souvenirs.” Later, the village was burned and its contents destroyed. A Cheyenne eyewitness stated, “About 53 men were killed and 110 women and children killed, 163 in all killed. Lots of men, women and children were wounded.” Accounts also state “Two Cheyenne women with their children (and) one Arapaho woman with her grandson ...” were taken prisoner. “... Measure Woman with her child (Mrs. White Frog) and White Girl with her son, White Eyes, stayed in One Eye’s lodge and were taken out ... by soldiers. An old Arapaho woman and Tom White Shirt were taken from hole near the village.”
George Bent was the son of Owl Woman, a Cheyenne, and frontiersman William Bent. George and his younger brother Charles were in the Cheyenne village at Sand Creek. Bent wrote hundreds of letters detailing Southern Cheyenne history. George Bent passed away at Colony, OK., 1918. In the photo with George Bent is his wife Mapgie. Magpie passed
Erected by National Park Service.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Native Americans • Wars, US Indian. A significant historical month for this entry is May 1917.
Location. 38° 32.883′ N, 102° 30.51′ W. Marker is near Eads, 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 6 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Sand Creek Massacre (about 800 feet away, measured in a direct line); Healing (approx. 0.2 miles away); Testimony (approx. 0.2 miles away); Pleas for Peace (approx. 0.2 miles away); Why? (approx. 0.2 miles away); Remains (approx. 0.2 miles away).
More about this marker. The marker is along the trail to the monument and overlook; it is a 1/3 mile walk from the visitor center parking lot to the marker.
Also see . . .
1. Sand Creek Massacre National Historic Site. Official National Park Service website. (Submitted on February 19, 2014.)
2. Sand Creek Massacre - Wikipedia entry. (Submitted on February 19, 2014.)
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on February 19, 2014, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page has been viewed 727 times since then and 20 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on February 19, 2014, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas.