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From Sand Creek Massacre to Fort Marion, FL

Separated by 1,600 miles, the Sand Creek Massacre National Historic Site, in southeast Colorado and the Castillo de San Marcos National Monument (Fort Marion), in St. Augustine, Florida, represent uncommon places linked through common bonds of turmoil and suffering, sadness and hope, death and survival. Join Park Ranger Craig Moore at Sand Creek Massacre National […]

Lone Bear and Amache Prowers Presentation Memorial Day, May 25th

Join park staff as they discuss the life and legacy of Cheyenne Chief Lone Bear and his daughter Amache Prowers.  Lone Bear played a critical role in events leading up to the Massacre and was among those killed at the Sand Creek Massacre.  His daughter Walking Woman or Amache was the wife of John Wesley […]

1,000 Visitors Attend Sand Creek 150th Anniversary

1,000 join in weekend of ceremonies, events to mark 150 years since Sand Creek Massacre KIOWA COUNTY, CO –Native American descendants of the victims of one of the darkest chapters in U.S. history gathered with supporters and other park visitors Saturday and Sunday to recognize those brutally killed 150 years ago at the Sand Creek […]

The Sand Creek Massacre

This article is part of a series by the National Park Service concerning the 150th Anniversary of the Sand Creek Massacre. The Sand Creek Massacre, tragic and unnecessary, impacted Federal-Indian relations and created the circumstances for years of warfare. With the events of November 29, 1864 fixed in their minds, Plains Indian nations faced an […]

The Letter and the Leaders

This article is part of a series by the National Park Service concerning the 150th Anniversary of the Sand Creek Massacre. On June 27, 1864, Colorado Territorial Governor John Evans offered an opportunity for a ceasefire in the ongoing conflict with Plains Indians. He directed “friendly Indians [to] keep away from those who are at […]

Prowers Historical Society Hosting Antique Road Show October 16

  The number of visitors at the Big Timbers Museum has increased over last year. Museum curator, Kathleen Scranton provided the Prowers County Commissioners with a quarterly update of museum activities during their October 9 meeting. Visitors for 2013 were 2,052 and Year-to-Date is 1,838 for 2014, she said. Alumni from the Lamar class of […]

Lone Bear’s Family and the Sand Creek Massacre

This article is part of a series by the National Park Service concerning the 150th Anniversary of the Sand Creek Massacre. Lone Bear, long a friend of white society, tried to secure peace across the Colorado Plains in 1864. U.S. Army Colonel John Chivington remarked on his conduct as a prominent Cheyenne peace chief and “wrote […]

Evans’ “Proclamation to the Friendly Indians”

This article is part of a series by the National Park Service concerning the 150th Anniversary of the Sand Creek Massacre. As rising tensions and several murders contributed to war on the High Plains in the summer of 1864, Colorado Territorial Governor John Evans proclaimed that “the friendly Indians of the Plains” needed to go to […]

July 4th Events at Sand Creek Massacre NHS

A hundred and fifty years ago, a conflict between settlers and the Cheyenne and Arapaho impacted the peoples of Colorado. This war, the peace initiative to end it, and the subsequent massacre at Sand Creek of about 200 people all impacted Indian Policy, Plains warfare, and the future of the United States. Today, Sand Creek […]

Colorado in the Civil War

This article is part of a series by the National Park Service concerning the 150th Anniversary of the Sand Creek Massacre. “With Mormons to the west, New Mexicans of questionable loyalty to the south and Indians everywhere else,” Duane A. Smith paints a picture of what Coloradans faced at the beginning of the Civil War. Tasked with […]

The Gold Rush and the Plains of Colorado

This article is part of a series by the National Park Service concerning the 150th Memorial of the Sand Creek Massacre. One of the contributing factors to the Sand Creek Massacre, the Colorado Gold Rush encouraged thousands of people to move across the plains, seeking their fortunes in Colorado’s gold fields. Over fifty thousand people […]

Sand Creek Massacre 150th Anniversary News Releases

Condemned by Congress, the Sand Creek Massacre marked the plains with blood, sparking warfare from Texas to the Canadian border. On the morning of November 29, 1864, U.S. Army Volunteers attacked a peaceful camp of Cheyenne and Arapaho, mutilated the dead, and looted the village. The massacre left behind about two hundred Cheyenne and Arapaho […]

Big Timbers Museum Update

  Curator Kathleen Scranton detailed the quarterly update for activities at the Big Timbers Museum during the weekly Prowers County Commissioners meeting, Thursday, January 26. Museum staff has currently inventoried 8,112 separate items, according to Scranton, about a third of display items on hand. She said volunteers from the Prowers Historical Society are helping categorize […]