Exploring Oklahoma History
We're Here to Explore the Great State of Oklahoma, to Remember Those Who Came Before Us, and Learn the Lessons of Oklahoma's Past Together.
Oklahoma Historic Place of the Day
Custer County Courthouse
The Custer County Courthouse in Arapaho, Oklahoma.
Located in Custer County, Oklahoma.
Today in Oklahoma History
Wednesday, June 8, 1870
Lt. John A. Bodamer and 25 men of Company F, 10th Cavalry, were escorting a large ox train from Fort Dodge to Camp Supply, about 80 miles south. Near the edge of Indian territory, about 100 Cheyennes attacked. Bodamer corralled the wagons and fought off the Indians until nightfall, then dispatched Pvt. William Edmonson to Camp Supply for reinforcements. Narrowly escaping capture, Edmonson reached the post at 11 p.m. When Capt. Nicholas Nolan arrived the next morning, the Cheyennes were gone. During the fight Bodamer and his men killed three Cheyennes and wounded ten. Two soldiers, a Cpl. Freeman and a Pvt. Winchester, were wounded. more...