Custer Park In Bismarck Will Keep Its Name
The Bismarck Park Board voted unanimously Thursday night to keep the name. It's been at the center of some controversy over the past several months.
Custer of course, was a military officer who served during the Civil War and fought against Native Americans on the Great Plains in the 1860s and 1870s before leading his men to death at the Battle of the Little Bighorn in 1876, his most notable act. He spent 3 ½ years stationed at Fort Abraham Lincoln in Mandan before his death.
A local group of women representing themselves and others in the community who have a negative view of Lt. Col. George Armstrong Custer wanted the Bismarck park district to rename a park that carries his name.
The group of women said they are representing a few hundred people in the community who support renaming the park.
The vote did not take very long Thursday night and the Bismarck Park Board ultimately decided to keep the park's name "as is".