There are a number of moments in history that the whole world knows about – and Custer’s last stand is one of them.
This iconic battle happened right in Montana – more specifically at the Little Bighorn Battlefield. It was the place that the Northern Plains Indians fought in one of the last armed efforts to protect their way of life out on the plains.
Kids – do you remember what year it was? It was 1876, and there were 263 soldiers who fought and died here – including Lt. Col. George A. Custer, at the hands of a very large number of Lakota and Cheyenne warriors.
When you arrive, make your way to the Visitor Center. It’s a great way for kids to read up on all the events that happened on the very sport they are standing. There is an eye opening and informative 25 minute orientation video that everyone should watch, before spending some time walking around the museum’s exhibits.
From there, you can walk up to “Custer’s Last Stand”, as well as the memorial for those Indian tribe members who were lost. Stone markers stand in the place where the army fell. It’s quite an emotional and surreal experience.
If you have longer, you can walk the 1/4 mile Deep Ravine trail on a self-guided walking tour, as well as the National Cemetery. There is so much history to immerse yourself in, and kids will walk away with more knowledge about the Battle of Little Bighorn that they could reading any books.
It’s a living classroom for them, and a part of American history that had an impact on the future. A great family day out in Montana.