We camped at 7th Ranch Rv Park in Garryowen, Montana. The campground is close to the National Battlefield. We were given free complimentary huckleberry ice cream when we check in. 🙂 I saw many camping sites that were level but ours wasn’t. We used the Tri-Lynx Level blocks to get level here. The staff are friendly but a train goes through morning and night. We spotted a Eastern Kingbird at this RV park so I’m happy.
Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument
“We circled all around them, swirling like water around a stone.” – Two Moons, Northern Cheyenne
The battle took place June 25-26 in 1876. The monument preserves the memory of the last armed efforts of the Northern Plains indians to keep their ancestral way of life. The walking trails and auto trail are well maintained. Little Bighorn use to be called Custer Battlefield National Monument. It was changed to Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument in 1991 by the former president George H. W. Bush.
The Last Stand Hill has the remains of about 220 soldiers, scouts, and civilians buried around the base of this memorial.
I will remain what I am until I die, a hunter, and when there are no buffalo or other game I will send my children to hunt and live on prairie, for where an Indian is shut up in one place his body becomes weak. – Sitting Bull
I was ashamed at how long it took for the indians to have an official voice at the monument. I don’t know why the Indian Monument didn’t get unveiled until 2003. If you know the answer leave a message down below. The Indian Monument was erected in a sacred circle and is symbolic of the journey of life.
The Soldier’s memory is preserved with white headstones in 1890. The Indian Warrior’s memory is preserved with red granite headstones in 1999. These headstones are scattered throughout the battlefield wherever its thought the warrior or soldier died.
This is our first National Battlefield experience. Its an eerily quiet place. Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument is a moving experience. I develop a deep respect for both sides of the conflict at Little Bighorn.
There is also a virtual geocache at the Last Stand Hill for all the geocache lovers.
- Eastern Kingbird (new life list bird)
Two National Park Stamps in the Visitor Center