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Beecher's Island
Battlefield Monument
Beecher Island, Yuma County

The Beecher's Island Battlefield Monument is a joint Colorado - Kansas historical site established in 1905 to commemorate the 17-19 September 1868 battle fought there between Colonel George A. Forsyth's Scouts and a group of about 750 Indians from several Plains Indian tribes.

The site is located on County Road KK just west of the Arickaree River bridge. To get there from Wray go south about six miles on US 385 and follow the Beecher Island signs ten more miles.
[NAD27 GPS - LAT 39°52'19"N LONG 102°11'08"W]

Historical note: The monument photographed above is the second to be erected. The 1905 monument, located about 200 yards south of (behind) today's marker on the original island, was washed away in the 1935 Arickaree River flood. Only part of the engraved portion of the base of the original marker was recovered. The mud stains and chips evident in the photographs below came from that flood.

The photographs in this portion of the archives were contributed by:
Lee Zion unless otherwise credited.

This page was last updated Saturday, 14-Jun-2008 11:53:32 EDT

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Monument Engraving
South West North East
South Face
Summary of the Battle
West Face
The Dedication
North Face
The Rescue
East Face
Scouts Names *

Memorial Markers

Notes about the scouts names:

For more information about the Scouts, read The Forsyth Scouts and the Battle of Beecher Island.

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