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Chief Crazy Horse


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Chief Crazy Horse

Crazy Horse was the English name of the great Oglala Sioux war chief, Tasunka Witko. Hailed as a brilliant military strategist and ferocious warrior, Crazy Horse and his followers refused to submit to life on reservations. Consequently, Generals George Crook, Alfred Terry, and George Custer were charged to hunt them down. At Little Big Horn in June 1876, Crazy Horse and his people were key players in the annihilation of five companies of Custer's 7th Cavalry. To resist capture and retaliation following Custer's defeat, the Sioux scattered in small bands.


In September of 1877, Crazy Horse agreed to go to Fort Robinson for talks with the military. When it became clear he was being led to a guardhouse instead of a negotiations table, he struggled to free himself. He was bayoneted for "resisting arrest" and subsequently died of his wounds. A stone marker outside the guardhouse, often adorned with offerings of tobacco ties and bundles of sage left by visitors, bears silent witness to the great chief's life and violent death at the age of thirty-five. Fort Robinson, near Crawford, Nebraska, is now a state park featuring historical and paleontological museums.



Address: Fort Robinson Museum
Phone: 308-665-2919

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The Museum of the Fur Trade

The museum is dedicated to preserving the rich history of the North American fur trade and is located three miles east of Chadron, Nebraska, on U. S. Highway 20.

Combining an outstanding collection and scholarship

Crawford, NE Museums

Chadron State Park

Nebraska's oldest state park (1921), Chadron might well be the best kept secret of the state park system. With the majestic beauty of the Pine Ridge as its backdrop, Chadron covers 974 acres of natural beauty to awe any visitor. Located off U.S. 385

Crawford, NE Recreation

Bordeaux Trading Post

From about 1857 to 1876, an Indian "trading post" occupied a site near here. Built by James Bordeaux, the trading station was often attacked and set afire by hostile Crow warriors. Fortunately some friendly Sioux Indians came to the rescue and drove off the attacking Crow.

Crawford, NE Pioneer Life

Trailside Museum

Located at Fort Robinson State Park at the University of Nebraska State Museum at Trailside, you can view paleontology and geology exhibits on Nebraska's rich fossil history. A 14-foot mammoth skeleton unearthed nearby

Crawford, NE Museums

Fort Robinson Museum

Welcome to Fort Robinson, an active U.S. Military post from 1874 - 1948, now a Nebraska State Park. From Crazy Horse to Olympic horsemen, Fort Robinson's history spans seven decades. Crazy Horse, the great Oglala warrior, met his death here in 1877. Thirteen years later, black "buffalo soldiers"

Crawford, NE Museums

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