Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument

Little Bighorn

The  Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument in Crow Agency, MT memorializes the 1876 battle of Little Bighorn between US troops and Lakota and Cheyenne warriors.  It is famously known as Custer’s Last Stand.  Previously known as Custer Battlefield National Monument, the name was changed to honor not only the US soldiers but the Indian warriors who also died in the great battle.

Little Bighorn is on the National Register of Historic Places.  There is a national cemetery, as well as marble markers along the battlefields designating where soldiers fell. Last Stand Hill, where soldiers remains were moved to, serves as a memorial to these fallen soldiers.

There is also an Indian Memorial, commemorating the warriors lost in the battle and the struggle to preserve the Indian way of life.  Red granite markers can be seen throughout the area.  They are to honor fallen Indian warriors.

Travel the road through the monument and make stops along the way, listen to a narrative with your cell phone as you imagine what war was like on the western plains.  Along the way listen and watch for meadowlark, woodpecker, deer, rabbits, pronghorn, coyote, geese, and grouse.

An hour northeast of Billings, the monument is open all year long.  There is a museum, bookstore, and a gift shop.  If you ask, they will play a video for you in the bookstore which describes the battle and the monument.