Big Horn – Montana

While in Custer, Montana, we went to Bighorn Canyon and Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument.

Bighorn Canyon was very pretty.  The mountains were made from layers of colors, ranging from black to red to brown.  We pulled off the side of the road, where we looked down into the canyon at a river below.  There were some bighorn sheep on the side of the road and lots of sagebrush everywhere.

Little Bighorn Battlefield was where the famous Lt. Col. George Armstrong Custer and the Lakota, Arapaho, and Cheyenne fought.  The battle started because a treaty had been broken and the Native American tribes refused to move onto reservations.  The reason why the U.S. wanted the land was because of gold found in the area.  When the Native Americans wouldn’t move, Custer was sent to fight them.  The battle was fought on June 25 – 26, 1876.  Custer lost, and the dead people of his command were found the next day, so details and many parts of the battle aren’t known for sure.

While at the battlefield, we visited the visitor center and looked at fields of gravestones.  We also looked at the Native American Memorial.

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