The Sand Creek Massacre

The Sand Creek Massacre (HM1DL2)

Location: Eads, CO 81036 Kiowa County
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N 38° 32.912', W 102° 30.672'

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Sand Creek Massacre National Historic Site

On November 29, 1864, U.S. Colonel John Chivington and 700 volunteer troops attacked an encampment of Cheyenne and Arapaho along Sand Creek. The thunderous approach of horses galloping toward camp at dawn sent hundreds fleeing from their tipis. Many were shot and killed as they ran. While warriors fought back, escapees frantically dug pits to hide in along the banks of Sand Creek - cannonballs later bombarded them.

In the bloody aftermath, some of the soldiers mutilated dead bodies and looted the camp. Later, most of the village and its contents were burned or destroyed.

Among the slain were chiefs War Bonnet, White Antelope, Lone Bear, Yellow Wolf, Big Man, Bear Man, Spotted Crow, Bear Robe, and Left Hand - some who had worked diligently to negotiate peace.

Sand Creek Massacre National Historic Site commemorates all who perished and survived this horrific event, Cheyenne, Arapaho, and Colorado soldiers. This site also symbolizes the struggle of Native Americans to maintain their way of life on traditional lands.

(Photo Caption)
Cheyenne Chief War Bonnet, pictured during a visit to President Abraham Lincoln, was slain at Sand Creek in 1864.
HM NumberHM1DL2
Placed ByNational Park Service
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Monday, September 1st, 2014 at 12:33pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)13S E 716887 N 4269615
Decimal Degrees38.54853333, -102.51120000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 32.912', W 102° 30.672'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 32' 54.72" N, 102° 30' 40.32" W
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Area Code(s)719
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 54000-56424 Co Rd W, Eads CO 81036, US
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