Abiquiu, NM

Abiquiu, NM
36.228336 -106.395991

8.08.2012

Little Bighorn Battlefield


Being passed by many Harley's headed to the Sturgis rally. Thousands of motorcycle enthusiasts descend on this small SD town every August.













Parking is SEVERELY limited. Not having a towed allowed me to parallel park Serenity.


Great diorama of Reno's retreat















And Custer on Last Stand Hill








Was not build for comfort











After the battle, Lakota and Cheyenne families removed their dead, estimated between 60-100, and placed them in tipis and on scaffolds and hillsides. On June 28, 1876 the bodies of Custer and his command are hastily buried in shallow graves at or near where they fell. In 1877 the remains of 11 officers and two civilians are transferred to eastern cemeteries. Custer's remains are reinterred at West Point. In 1881 the remains of the rest of the command are buried in a mass grave around the base of the memorial shaft. In 1890 the Army erects 249 headstone markers across the battlefield to show where Custer's men had fallen. In 1999 the National Park Service began erecting red granite markers at known Cheyenne and Lakota warrior casualty sites. 


 Looking up at Last Stand Hill




Looking down at the Little Big Horn river where the Lakota & Cheyenne encampment would have been. Today hwy 90 run through it. 


Last Stand Hill. Custer's marker is the one with the prominent black writing on it. (map)


The ranger told me that the coins on the indian markers just started showing up. They think it is a tribute to the fallen warriors. 


The Indian monument.  (map)












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