A big look at Little Big Horn

The Battle of Little Big Horn at which General George Custer’s troops were soundly defeated by the combined warriors of the Cheyenne, Lakota and Arapaho nations is one of the most famous battles in history.  Apart from knowing the name of the battlefield, few people know that it took place in Montana, the USA’s Big Sky State.

When you visit, you are free to walk the grounds where Custer and Crazy Horse fought the historic battle of Little Bighorn on June 25-26, 1876. Some say the grounds are still haunted by the ghosts of those terribly violent June afternoons.

To help you understand what happened on those fateful days, and to give you another perspective of events, you can experience the narrative story of the Battle of the Little Bighorn through the convenience of your own mobile/cell phone. The phone tour consists of multiple stops along the tour road. As you proceed through the battlefield site you can listen to a narration of Soldier movements and Warrior accounts of the battle.

As part of that audio tour you will learn that General Custer was not the only member of his family to die that die as losing their lives alongside him was two of his brothers, a nephew, and a brother-in-law.

The Little Bighorn National Battlefield Monument is part of the Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area. The canyon was carved out by the Bighorn River over tens of thousands of years, but when the Yellowtail Dam was built in the 1960s it created a large body of water called Bighorn Lake.    

Many people know of the Native American Chiefs Sitting Bull and Crazy Horse, but many other chiefs led their warriors that fateful day including the not-so-well-known  chiefs Turkey Legs, Crooked Nose, Chased-by-Owls and Sounds-the-Ground-as He-Walks.

Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument lies within the Crow Indian Reservation in south eastern Montana. US 87 (I-90) passes 1-mile to the west; US 212 connects the monument with the Black Hills and Yellowstone National Park. The Crow Agency is 3 miles north, and Hardin, Montana, is 15 miles north. The nearest cities are Billings, Montana, 65 miles northwest and Sheridan, Wyoming, 70 miles south.

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