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Battle of Summit Springs

  • Summit Springs Battleground

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    On July 11, 1869, the Fifth US Cavalry defeated Cheyenne Indians under Tall Bull in a battle at Summit Springs. One of the most conclusive and significant battles on the eastern plains, it signaled the opening of Colorado Territory for continued western migration.
    Summit Springs Battleground
  • Buffalo Bill Reenacts Summit Springs Battle

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    William "Buffalo Bill" Cody served as chief scout for the Republican River Expedition that tracked and defeated Tall Bull's Cheyennes. For many decades he made a reenactment of the Battle of Summit Springs the climax of his Wild West Show.
    Buffalo Bill Reenacts Summit Springs Battle
  • Centennial of Summit Springs

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    Despite its significance for the white settlement of Colorado, the Battle of Summit Springs slipped into obscurity in the early twentieth century. In 1969 a centennial commemoration was held at the battle site.
    Centennial of Summit Springs
  • Location of Tall Bull's Lodge

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    The Summit Springs battlefield now has several historic markers and memorials to identify the site and explain its significance. Here a girl attending the battle's centennial commemoration sits next to a plaque marking the location of Tall Bull's lodge.
    Location of Tall Bull's Lodge
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