Sand Creek Massacre

Sand Creek Massacre (HM42U)

Location: Denver, CO 80203 Denver County
Country: United States of America

N 39° 44.354', W 104° 59.138'

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The controversy surrounding this Civil War Monument has become a symbol of Coloradens' struggle to understand and take responsibility for our past. On November 29, 1864, Colorado's First and Third Cavalry, commanded by Colonel John Chivington, attacked Chief Black Kettle's peaceful camp of Cheyenne and Arapaho Indians on the banks of Sand Creek, about 180 miles southeast of here. In the surprise attack, soldiers killed more than 150 of the village's 500 inhabitants. Most of the victims were elderly men, women, and children.

Though some civilians and military personnel immediately denounced the attack as a massacre, others claimed the village was a legitimate target. This Civil War Monument, paid for by funds from the Pioneers' Association and the State, was erected on July 24, 1909, to honor all Colorado soldiers who had fought in battles of the Civil War in Colorado and elsewhere. By designating Sand Creek a battle, the monument's designers mischaracterized the actual events. Protests led by some Sand Creek descendants and others throughout the twentieth century have since led to the widespread recognition of the tragedy as the Sand Creek Massacre.
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HM NumberHM42U
Series This marker is part of the Colorado: History Colorado series
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Marker Number280
Year Placed2002
Placed ByAuthorized by Senate Joint Resolution 99-017
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Sunday, September 21st, 2014 at 8:21pm PDT -07:00
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)13S E 501230 N 4398815
Decimal Degrees39.73923333, -104.98563333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 44.354', W 104° 59.138'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 44' 21.24" N, 104° 59' 8.28" W
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Area Code(s)303, 720
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1400-1474 Lincoln St, Denver CO 80203, US
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