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Washita
National Wildlife Refuge


20834 E. 940 Rd
Butler, OK   73625 - 5001
E-mail: washita@fws.gov
Phone Number: 580-664-2205
Visit the Refuge's Web Site:
http://www.fws.gov/refuge/Washita/
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  History
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Archeological finds in the area revealed bison horns, antlers, stone scrapers, and stone points from nomadic hunters who survived here centuries ago. A camp site and burial ground discovered above the Washita River dates to the 1500s. The nomads returned to the same camp each year on their journeys following wildlife herds.

Washita NWR lies in the heart of Cheyenne and Arapaho country. Thirty miles west marks the 1868 Battle of Washita. Many Cheyenne and Arapaho men, women, and children died in a battle with General George Custer and his troops. In 1892, the U.S. Government bought the lands from the tribes and opened them up immediately to homesteading.

 
 
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