~ Trip to Washington Part 1 ~

This page contains photos taken on my trip to Washington to stay with friends. It contains photos from the states of Pennsylvania, Illinois, Minnesota and South Dakota. More detailed pages from Idaho, South Dakota, Wyoming and Washington will be on other pages. As are pages covering my visit to Yellowstone National Park.

The Clark Fork of the Columbia River in Montana


The skies show a good day to begin a road trip

Chicago, Illinois

Skyline with Sears Tower

In town

Logan Park in Chicago


I-90 crossing the Mississippi River

Locks on the Mississippi

A view of Wisconsin across the Mississippi

Minnesota mountain

Minnesota sunset

Some of many wind farms in Minnesota

More wind farm generators

I saw my first real snow of the year in Minnesota

South Dakota

By this time the skies were not so good

New shoe lost

Missouri River from a South Dakota rest stop

Not this time of year

These concrete tipis are on display at many of South Dakota's rest stops

I-90 crossing the Missouri

Where the snakes are

Looking down the Missouri River

Wounded Knee mass grave site and cemetery

Pine Ridge Indian Reservation and Wounded Knee

Landscapes on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation

The church at Wounded Knee Cemetery

Black Hills

More shots of the Black Hills

On the Rez the roads are BIA, Bureau of Indian Affairs, routes. On the right is the main marker for those who died at Wounded Knee.

The Wounded Knee Massacre happened on December 29, 1890, near Wounded Knee Creek on the Lakota Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota, USA. On the day before, a detachment of the U.S. 7th Cavalry Regiment commanded by Major Samuel M. Whitside intercepted Spotted Elk's (Big Foot) band of Miniconjou Lakota and 38 Hunkpapa Lakota near Porcupine Butte and escorted them 5 miles westward to Wounded Knee Creek where they made camp.
The rest of the 7th Cavalry Regiment arrived led by Colonel James Forsyth and surrounded the encampment supported by four Hotchkiss guns.
On the morning of December 29, the troops went into the camp to disarm the Lakota. One version of events claims that during the process of disarming the Lakota, a deaf tribesman named Black Coyote was reluctant to give up his rifle claiming he had paid a lot for it. A scuffle over Black Coyote's rifle escalated and a shot was fired which resulted in the 7th Cavalry opening fire indiscriminately from all sides, killing men, women, and children, as well as some of their own fellow troopers. Those few Lakota warriors who still had weapons began shooting back at the attacking troopers, who quickly suppressed the Lakota fire. The surviving Lakota fled, but U.S. cavalrymen pursued and killed many who were unarmed.
By the time it was over, at least 150 men, women, and children of the Lakota Sioux had been killed and 51 wounded (4 men, 47 women and children, some of whom died later); some estimates placed the number of dead nearer to 300. Twenty-five troopers also died, and thirty-nine were wounded (6 of the wounded would also die). It is believed that many of the soldiers were the victims of friendly fire, as the shooting took place at close range in chaotic conditions.

The site has been designated a National Historic Landmark.

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