Jennie Parker's father was at the Battle of Punished Woman Fork when he was 14. This was the first time she had been to this place so important in her family lore.
In 1878 the Northern Cheyenne Indians fled the Indian reservation in Oklahoma to go back to their homeland in Montana. Soldiers pursued them and caught up with them in a place strategically chosen by the Northern Cheyenne, a place near current day Lake Scott State Park called Punished Woman Fork, aka Battle Canyon. Things didn't go quite as planned.
For more details, go to the Keystone Gallery site.
Roll forward 135 years. On September 28, 2013, more than 100 Northern Cheyenne, many descendants of those of the battle, came from Montana and around the country to commemorate the battle that took place in 1878.
For those who attended, it was a very special occasion.
Some of us were just moved by being close to the descendants who somberly took in the scene.
What were they thinking and feeling as they walked the grounds?
The soldiers were represented, too.
There was a ceremony to bring all the sides to some healing conclusion.
Battle Canyon is open to the public. It's just you, history, and this natural site.
Signage helps guide your thoughts.
The turn is just north of the U.S. 83 and K-95 intersection, about 15 miles north of Scott City.
Hats off to Jerry Thomas who spearheaded the event but also to all others who have worked to get national recognition for this site.
We went to this event while on our ERV research in Scott County September 28, 2013.