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Early morning writer Inactive Member27 Aug 2017 4:05 p.m. PST

Tom (Garryowen (sp?)), as I've gotten closer to departing on vacation I've taken time to absorb the maps you linked to. They are very good and informative and I'll print them out and take them along on the trip. I believe we'll be at Rosebud and Little Big Horn on the second Saturday in September. Hope for good weather and accessible roads – won't be in an SUV but my wife's Avalon so probably not much off road travel.

Just wanted to say thanks.

A few other Plains Wars related stops planned – Wagon Box, Fetterman, Ft. Phil Kearny, Ft. Laramie, and Gordon Stockade. Two nights in Sheridan, then two nights in Custer, SD by way of Devil's Tower. And whatever else presents that isn't too much of a distraction. Also one night in Cheyenne – and maybe a few side trips between there and Park City, UT before the long drive home. Oh, and a half day at the museum in Cody – as much time as we can manage I'm afraid.

Might do the Medicine Wheel in the Big Horns or Shell Canyon.

And then, when I get home, I should be seriously jazzed to work on my Old West and Plains Wars figures!


Desert Fox27 Aug 2017 4:44 p.m. PST

link man link!

Early morning writer Inactive Member27 Aug 2017 4:49 p.m. PST

Well, I thought someone might ask for just such a link but I didn't think it would be less than a minute after posting!

It is in an earlier thread but here it is again:

PDF link

jurgenation Supporting Member of TMP27 Aug 2017 5:36 p.m. PST

Love the Cody Museum..spent the whole day there..and the Wagon Box fight.

Personal logo Wolfshanza Supporting Member of TMP27 Aug 2017 10:08 p.m. PST

Half day at the Cody museum ? :0 Always took me a day grin Down the main drag of Cody, there was a trading post/museum that had a ginormous diorama of the old west from beginning to end. Even had running trains. All done with toy soldier figs. Just a thought :)

Vigilant28 Aug 2017 2:31 a.m. PST

Sounds like a great trip. Have fun.

Garryowen Supporting Member of TMP28 Aug 2017 7:33 a.m. PST

EMW, sounds like a great trip. I have done all of those spots myself a number of times.

For the Custer fight, I would strongly recommend reading Greg Michno's Lakota Noon. In my opinion there is no finer Indian Wars historian alive today than Greg.

Unfortunately the historic interpretation at Little Big Horn Battlefield is not what it once was. Michael Donahue does a great job, but he will probably be gone by the time you get there. Political correctness has taken over.

Greg's maps are great for the battle as are those from the link I sent you earlier.

In Sheridan, you should go to the Mint Bar on Main Street for something cool, alcoholic or otherwise. On the wall opposite the bar is a copy of Russell White Bear's map of the the Custer fight.

Best place for dinner or lunch in Sheridan is The Open Range in the historic Sheridan Inn at Broadway and Fifth. Buffalo Bill Cody was part owner at one time. He used to sit on the veranda at the northeast corner and audition bronc riders on the lawn for his Wild West Show.

I appreciate your taking the time to thank me. I am happy to have been of help.


Personal logo Saber6 Supporting Member of TMP Fezian28 Aug 2017 8:59 a.m. PST

EWW, let me know when you are in Sheridan

Early morning writer Inactive Member28 Aug 2017 4:56 p.m. PST

Sabre6, our plan is to arrive in Sheridan late afternoon or early evening of Friday, the 8th and then up early to go to Rosebud and LBH on Saturday the 10th and back to our hotel. We pull out Sunday morning for Wagon Box, etc., enroute to Custer, SD, via Devil's Tower that afternoon or early evening.

If you are hoping for a game, we might be able to work something out if you have a significant other who can entertain my wife – she's into orchids and roses, homemade jewelry making (she has a knack), and (horrors!) reality TV. Neither of us are drinkers but don't mind others drinking, can't handle smoking environments because of her allergies. I see in your profile you do Horse and Musket era gaming which is my favorite: FIW, SYW, AWI are all of interest and pirates.

If you're thinking of the tours of the battlefields, what are those thoughts (if any)? The goal is only an hour or two at Rosebud and the balance of the day at LBH. Wife might be a bit wary of going to a remote location with a stranger – but if we happen to meet up there, might work out.

The big challenge is the wife. I'm much more adventurous. I've been toe-to-toe with a mama black bear. Grizzlies, of course, are a whole other kettle of watch-your-back.

Garryowen Supporting Member of TMP30 Aug 2017 1:14 a.m. PST

EMW, I know Saber6. Great guy. Perfect gentleman. Friendly. I visited him in his home, had a wonderful time and survived. Of, course your wife doesn't know me either, so my recommendation probably doesn't carry much weight.

By the way, the Mint Bar is smoke free.


coopman30 Aug 2017 12:04 p.m. PST

BTW, GMT Games has just added a Plains Indian Wars game to their pre-order P500 schedule. This is a strategic level treatment for all of the Plains Indian conflicts, I believe.

Rallynow Supporting Member of TMP30 Aug 2017 4:13 p.m. PST

Red River War


Rallynow Supporting Member of TMP30 Aug 2017 4:13 p.m. PST

EMW please take pictures to share.

Early morning writer Inactive Member30 Aug 2017 7:20 p.m. PST

Rallynow, cleaned out by iPad mini to have lots of room for photos (old photos moved to laptop, not lost – at some point I have to post the photos I took of an amazing collection of wagons I ran across, real, well preserved wagons of the Old West.) Time, never enough!

Early morning writer Inactive Member01 Sep 2017 3:36 p.m. PST

For Saber6, we are pulling out early Sunday morning for our trip but I will be peaking at TMP like as not so if you end up checking this thread just know our schedule stands as above.

Early morning writer Inactive Member01 Sep 2017 6:34 p.m. PST

Also, unlikely to be doing any posting so don't expect a response!

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