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  • View From Buffalo Bill’s Grave

    Posted by Jonathan on December 15th, 2011 (All posts by )

    Lookout Mountain over Golden, CO.

    A raven takes flight from a tree on Lookout Mountain over Golden, Colorado. (Jonathan Gewirtz)

     

    7 Responses to “View From Buffalo Bill’s Grave”

    1. Michael Kennedy Says:

      Somebody’s on a trip, or was. Try to get to Custer Battlefield if you can. The view is eerie. You can almost see the Indians coming up the hill. I think they may have screwed it up some since I visited in 1965 but the view must still be there.

    2. Jonathan Says:

      Thanks. The trip was a while ago but I’m sure I’ll be back in the area eventually.

    3. Bill Brandt Says:

      So where is BB buried?

      A few years ago I had to visit Deadwood SD – what an interesting place. WB (gee, these are all my initials) but Wild Bill is buried next to Calamity Jane. The “legend” is that they were lovers but I have subsequently heard that WB barely tolerated CJ – he was recently married – she was the one who propagated the “legend” saying “when I die bury me next to Wild Bill”

      Wonder what Bill thought about that ;-)

      Second the view of Michael – the Custer Battlefield was, to me, illuminating. I expected a small area where he was surrounded and it is a long ridge – a mile or more – a good 500′ above the river – and his troops were all along the ridge.

      Custer and his company were on one end and when the Indians learned his location they mainly went after him.

      I think he was a bit arrogant and in the end it cost him his life.

      Interesting aside (I read in the last few years a recent book on him and what archeologists have discovered) but his wife had an eerie premonition when he and his troops left the fort.

    4. Michael Kennedy Says:

      When I was at the Custer Battlefield there were makers with names where the bodies of outposts were found. Most of them are buried in a mass grave in the center but the outpost markers gave a pretty good idea of the tactics. Unfortunately, they didn’t work. He should not have been there. I read a lot about that battle a long time ago and don’t remember as much as I used to.

    5. Bill Brandt Says:

      Within the last 5 years Michael archaeologists did an extensive dig and were able to reconstruct a lot the battle from a lot of the artifacts. There was a good article on it in American Heritage I believe.

      Before going there I believed that the entire unit was wiped out – but it was mainly Custer and his group at the end of the line along the ridge.

      The Sioux and Crow and Cheyenne had a thing about “The Yellow Hair ” ;-)

      Actually seeing the site was really an eye opener for me – it is far bigger than my imagination made.

      He made several critical errors – not the least was splitting his unit up.

      In going there I also, in a sense of adventure, drove though the Crow Indian reservation which is huge.

      I got to the site and twilight was coming which added to the aura.

      If you ever see the movie The Horse Whisperer they have a scene were they stop at the site during dusk.

    6. Gerry from Valpo Says:

      As the crow flies.

    7. Jonathan Says:

      I think the crow is running out for a six pack of Coors.