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Beecher Island Battleground

  • Beecher Island Monument

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    Erected in 1905 and reconstructed after a 1935 flood, the Beecher Island monument commemorates the 1868 battle along the Arikaree River.
    Beecher Island Monument
  • Beecher Island Reunion, 1917

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    Annual reunions have taken place on the anniversary of the Battle of Beecher Island for more than 100 years, attracting hundreds of people.
    Beecher Island Reunion, 1917
  • Beecher Island

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    The story of army scouts stranded for days on Beecher Island has inspired artistic recreations such as this 1926 painting by Robert Lindneux.
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Charlotte Shoup Olsen, “Beecher Island Battleground,” National Register of Historic Places Inventory—Nomination Form (February 10, 1976).

Wray Museum, “Beecher Island,” City of Wray, Colorado.

Additional Information: 

The Battle of Beecher Island: Fought September 17, 18, 1868, rev. ed. (Wray, CO: Beecher Island Battle Memorial Association, 1996).

David Dixon, Hero of Beecher Island: The Life and Military Career of George A. Forsyth (Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 1994).

John H. Monnett, The Battle of Beecher Island and the Indian War of 1867–1869 (Niwot: University Press of Colorado, 1992).