Little Bighorn National Battlefield and Deadwood

Trip Start Jun 05, 2007
Trip End Jul 26, 2007

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Flag of United States  , Montana
Friday, July 20, 2007

I started the day with a 45 minute drive to Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument in Montana.  At the visitor center I viewed many artifacts from the Native Americans and the U.S. Army and General Custer.  At 10:30PM I went to listen about the history of the battle here.  It was a 90 minute talk about the battle and what led to it.

Next I viewed the site of the battle and the famous hill where General Custer made his last stand.  The park was well done with markers where each U.S. soldier and Native American fell in battle.  There was a fantastic memorial to the Native Americans and a large cemetery for the soldiers.  It was all here in June 25th and 26th in 1876 that 260 soldiers attacked and then were defeated by Cheyenne and Lakota warriors.

Next I drove many hours to reach Deadwood, South Dakota.  I was a little disappointed from having high expectations.  The city had burned long ago so there aren't really original sites.  Everything had been rebuilt onto just one long main street.  At least there were markers indicating where important events took place.  I visited the site of the #10 Saloon where Wild Bill Hickock was shot and then I later visited where his assasin, Jack McCall, was caught.

In the evening I played in a no limit Texas Hold'Em tournament.  I lasted over two hours before some guy caught a three outer on the river to knock me out.
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