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Battle of the Washita

Roger Mills County
Location: in downtown Cheyenne one block south of US-283 and OK-47 intersection
Material: Granite
Topics: Military, Territorial Period 1861–1907, American Indians

On November 27, 1868, Colonel George Armstrong Custer led the 7th Cavalry in an attack on Chief Black Kettle's camp on the Washita River. The surprise, early-morning attack decimated the Cheyenne camp and no doubt was the seed for Custer's later meeting with American Indians at the Battle of Little Big Horn.



California Road

Roger Mills County
Location: at junction of US-283 and OK-33, 14 miles north of Cheyenne
Coordinates: 35.797609, -99.723281
Sponsored by: Oklahoma Historical Society and Oklahoma Department of Transportation
Material: Aluminum
Topics: Transportation, Settlement Patterns, Westward Expansion 1803–1861, Water, Environmental/Cultural Ecology, Government

First traveled by gold seekers in the rush for California in the spring of 1849, under military escort commanded by Capt. R. B. Marcy, west from Fort Smith, Arkansas. Antelope Hills, 8 miles northwest, were once a landmark for the international line between the United States and Mexico. Little Robe Creek, northwest of hills, is site of Comanche battle with Texas Rangers, Capt. John S. Ford, in 1858.



Sandstone Creek Area

Roger Mills County
Location: on US-283, ten miles south of Cheyenne

The site of the world's first upstream flood prevention project that was completed in 1953 and drains more than 68,000 acres.



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