The Town Of Garryowen


Garryowen, a registered historic site, is the only town within the Battlefield located at I-90 Exit 514 just south of the Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument and Custer National Cemetery. The Battle of the Little Bighorn began on this quiet riverbank when the 7th Cavalry troops, under the command of Major Marcus Reno, attacked Sitting Bull's camp on June 25th, 1976.

Most of the famous locations associated with the Battle of the Little Bighorn, including the site where Custer was last seen alive, Major Reno's hilltop defense site, Weir Point, Last Stand Hill, Medicine Tail Coulee, the Crow's Nest, and Wolf Mountains can be seen from this site. I would suggest seeing the Little Bighorn Battlefield first, and you will easily recognize them from the Indian villages view when you visit.

The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier is the burial site of one of the first US Army casualties of the Battle of the Little Bighorn. The granite tomb was dedicated during the Burial of the Hatchet Ceremony in 1926 during the 50th Anniversary of the Battle of the Little Bighorn after the discovery of the Troopers body when building the interstate.

The town is now privately owned and operated by Christopher Kortlander. It is the site of the Custer Battlefield Museum, Garryowen Trading Post, a Federal Post Office, and more.

The Custer Battlefield Museum houses exhibits including hundreds of Custer Battlefield artifacts from the Battle of the Little Bighorn and the Plains Indian War period. Preserved, for example, is the contract for Sitting Bull's appearance in the famous Buffalo Bill Wild West Show. This is the only contract signed by Sitting Bull known to exist. The exhibit area houses a lock of Custer's Hair, Captain Tom W. Custer's Kerr revolver, Little Wolf's battle-worn eagle feather war bonnet, war clubs and trade knives, cavalry spurs and a U.S. Cavalry pistol dropped on the Reno retreat route - still fully loaded. Significant collection of battle vintage beaded clothing on exhibit adds to bronzes, paintings, and other memorabilia to create an educational tour through the vanished American frontier.

Be sure and visit my photos section and view this historic site. Also please consider joining the Museum as a member to help Mr. Kortlander continue to operate this wonderful piece of history. There is a link on my links page to the museum.