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Segment 13: Lovell WY to Sheridan WY
Segment 14: Sheridan WY to Gillette WY
After last week’s huge mileage commitment and because of the upcoming 4th of July holiday, this week there are only 2 segments to cover running and/or walking. Both segments virtually take runners on US 14, through or near parts of the National Park System; through the Bighorn National Forest and near the Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area to Sheridan WY, and near the Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument. The highest point in the entire journey across America is encountered in the first segment, at Observation Point WY, which measures 9430 feet.
Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area “was established by an act of Congress on October 15, 1966, following the construction of the Yellowtail Dam” (named after a famous Crow chairman, Robert Yellowtail). The dam “harnessed the waters of the Bighorn River and turned this variable stream” into Bighorn Lake. The magnificent 71 mile lake extends through Wyoming and Montana, “55 miles of which are held within spectacular Bighorn Canyon”.
About 70 miles to the south of Sheridan WY, in southeastern Montana, is the site of the Battle of the Little Bighorn, near the river of the same name. The battlefield monument memorializes the site of the famous Battle, sometimes referred to as “Custer’s Last Stand”, which took place on June 25-26, 1876. The United States 7th Cavalry Regiment, led by Lt. Col. George Armstrong Custer with a small force of hundreds of military, attacked but was overcome by a much larger force of several to many thousands of Sioux, Arapahoe, and Northern Cheyenne warriors led by Chief Crazy Horse and inspired by Chief Sitting Bull. The Monument was originally named Custer Battlefield, but in December 1991 President George H.W. Bush renamed it to be representative of all those who were in the battle, including Native Americans and the 7th Cavalry.
The above information was gleaned from a few sources, provided below. Never having been through this area where the Great Sioux Wars were fought, the place names were a bit confusing. Since these lands were set aside to remember a deadly and turbulent time in American history for Native Americans, settlers, and military, I hope my description is correct and conveys respect for all.
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