I keep telling them--buy Garryowen from Kortlander; then all they would have to do is renovate an existing building, and maybe expand the parking lot. Last I heard, he was asking $6 million--a drop in the budgetary bucket, considering how much they would probably save on construction. Of course, I don't really have a solution for getting the land to build the road up to Reno Hill, but it certainly would be a major interpretive improvement to send visitors in the same direction as the battle, rather than backwards.
So--how come the NY Times has a picture of Gerard Baker with the article? Surely they can't have mistaken him for Kate Hammond! ;D
Melani, What you said makes sense to me. Is not the property setting on old Fort Custer?
The only problem is that it would be located in the middle of the battlefield, instead of one end of the battlefield as it is now(the wrong end). Unless you access through MTC. and I don't see that happening.
They would need a road and river/bridge to connect up with the old road through the battlefield following Custer's cut to the north from the Reno creek.
That road would follow about were Ford A is. Passing by the 7Th Ranch.
Yet that would lead a person first to the Reno Defense Hill, the other end, and other conclusion of the battle. There is two conclusions, Custer's and Reno's...Where do you start the tour and where do you end up?
The NY Times also had this link The Death of Gen. Custer Sitting Bull tells the story of the fight. April 3 1881 interview with Major Crozier in Canada.
Never read it before and not sure I like what I read...
"Now, Custer, don't be greedy, but wait for us." General Gibbon "No, I will not." Custer, noon, June 22, 1876 passing in review.
Yeah, the "Fort Custer" Gerry is thinking of is the red-roofed monstrosity that looks like it escaped from Disneyland, not the actual military post. It's not Kortlander's property; not sure who it belongs to this week. The Custer Battlefield Preservation Committee claims to own part of it, apparently including the septic tank (!), and there is huge disagreement. I am also told that somebody tried to set up an unlicensed RV park there, with no facilities--just give us $10 and park here. That also caused some trouble. I would be deeply thrilled if the NPS bought that and tore the #$%*! thing down--it's a blot on the landscape.
I think they should start at Reno Hill and finish at Custer Hill. I am totally not in favor of paving any more of the battlefield than is already. I think they should restrict RV traffic on the road, and put in more bus tours to take up the slack. Most of the serious students would not be attempting to tour the battlefield in an RV in the first place, so a bus tour should do for the average tourist. I don't know that end of the place well enough to suggest exactly how they should get to Reno Hill from the valley, but I'm sure it could be done without lousing everything up too much.