Memorial Peace Park Entrance - Medicine Lodge, KS
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N 37° 16.540 W 098° 32.953
14S E 539963 N 4125548
Quick Description: Entrance to site, a natural bowl, where every 3 to 5 years the Indian Peace Treaty signings are reenacted with over 300 actors.
Location: Kansas, United States
Date Posted: 3/14/2015 5:05:02 AM
Waymark Code: WMNGR9
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member saopaulo1
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Long Description:

County of site: Barber County
Location of site: US-160, Memorial Peace Park, 1 mile east of Medicine Lodge
Marker at site erected by: Kansas Historical Society and State Highway Commission

Marker text:

Medicine Lodge Peace Treaties
In October, 1867, Iowa, Comanche, Arapahoe, Apache and Cheyenne Indians signed peace treaties with the Federal government. 15,000 Indians camped nearby during the council, among them the famous chiefs Satanta, Little Raven, and Black Kettle. 500 soldiers acted as escort for the U.S. commissioners. Interest in this colorful spectacle was so widespread that Eastern papers sent correspondents, among them Henry M. Stanley, who later was to find Livingstone in Africa. While the treaties did not bring immediate peace they made possible the coming of the railroads and eventual settlement. The site of the council was at the confluence of Medicine river and Elm creek, a little southwest of Medicine Lodge. Every five years a treaty pageant is re~enacted in this amphitheater. In Medicine Lodge there is a commemorative monument on the high school grounds.

Several videos and article about the possibility of this being the last pageant can be viewed here Medicine Lodge Peace Treaty Pageant Home

Type: Gateway

Subtype: Other

Location: Memorial Peace Park

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