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Fort Sill, Oklahoma: Geronimo's Grave

The legendary Apache was killed and died here. Most of him is buried here, too, but not his skull, which somehow ended up in George W. Bush's frat at Yale.

Bailtso Apache South Cemetery

Dodge Hill Rd, Fort Sill, OK
I-44 exit 39 (northbound) or 40B (southbound). Drive west on US Hwy 62, then take the second exit onto Sheridan Rd. Turn north. Pick up a pass at the Visitor Control Center. They'll give you a map and directions to the grave (It's a 15 minute drive).
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Geronimo's Grave

In 1959, walking guard duty, I went behind the Little Red Church that had been used used since olden days. In Apache cemetery I came upon a white, one-foot-high picket fence enclosing a large tombstone -- three by five feet -- inscribed "Geronimo," with an accompanying epitaph. Next to it, almost touching its right side, was a small tombstone with the name of his lifelong friend, who jumped off of the train to stay with him when he was separated from his family and sent to Fort Sill. He never saw that family again, but he started another, had five more kids, and became a deacon in the church that he was buried behind.

I was very sorry to hear when they tore up his grave. I saw it 18 years later and it was unrecognizable: just a small brass plaque with Geronimo's name, set on a pile of cannonballs.

[Frank Dioguardi, 03/12/2020]
Geronimo's Grave

You will need to visit the Fort Sill Visitor Control Center off of Sheridan Road to get a visitor's pass, if you do not have a military ID.

[Anna, 05/06/2018]
Geronimo's Grave

The grave is on the Fort Sill military base. To gain access, the soldier at the gate will do a background check on you before issuing a pass and allowing you on the base.

[Anne Marie Lewis, 06/21/2015]

Geronimo's grave.

Geronimo Grave Site

The grave site of Geronimo, his wife Zi-yeh and daughter Eva Geronimo Godeley are in the Apache Indian Cemetery inside Fort Sill.

[Joe Boulter, 10/13/2007]

We've reported in the past about the controversy surrounding Geronimo's skull and its continuing adventures.

Nearby Offbeat Places

Atomic CannonAtomic Cannon, Fort Sill, OK - 2 mi.
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In the region:
Fried Onion Burger Day, Sid's Diner Every Day, El Reno, OK - 62 mi.

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