History buffs visit ‘real’ Sand Creek
Twelve members of the Old Colorado City Historical Society made a two-day, 15-passenger van tour to the remote Sand Creek battlefield in southeast Colorado last week.
Ninety-one year old Irving Howbert, the grandson of the original Irving Howbert who defeated the Cheyenne Indians at Sand Creek, was a special guest. He was not only honored by the city of Lamar but also given a special membership in the US Army Cavalry Association in recognition of the fact his grandfather, as well as 17 other Colorado City men fought at Sand Creek in the 3rd US Cavalry Regiment.
The history group was privately guided over the portion of the adjoining Bowen Ranch where 4,000 artifacts of that November 1864 battle have recently been found, which place the actual battleground over three miles away from the “traditional” and Indian-recognized National Park Service Battlefield site, where as few as five artifacts have ever been found.
The entire two-day and overnight tour cost less than $150 each person, including lecture and artifact display, guided private tour, van travel, hotel room, and meals. The society will offer similar Sand Creek tours again, as well as ones to the Glorieta Pass battlefield in New Mexico.