Campsite of General Custers Expedition ~ August 1 -6 ~ 1874
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N 43° 46.215 W 103° 32.307
13T E 617630 N 4847393
Quick Description: On July 2, 1874, General George Armstrong Custer started out with a force of 1000 men, 110 wagons, and hundreds of horses, mules and cattle from the vicinity of Ft. Lincoln, Dakota Territory (near present-day Bismarck, N.D.)
Location: South Dakota, United States
Date Posted: 8/9/2006 10:39:35 AM
Waymark Code: WMKJ5
Published By: Groundspeak Regular Member GPX Navigators
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Long Description:
His orders were to go to the Black Hills (a little-known and mysterious range of mountains in present day western South Dakota), explore the territory, locate a potential site for a fort on the western side, find a connection to a previously known route from Ft. Laramie to the southwest, and report back to Ft. Lincoln by Aug. 30. Unofficially, the Expedition was also to confirm or deny the rumored presence of gold in the Black Hills. Until this time, no organized party of whites had traveled into the Black Hills and returned to civilization to tell about it, though several groups had passed around the perimeter of the mountains in earlier years.

After crossing the hot, dry Great Plains, the Black Hills Expedition arrived on the western side of the Black Hills on July 22, 1874. The entire force entered the pine-covered Hills, forging a road, cutting trees, building temporary bridges over gullies and streams - anything necessary to continue on their way with the wagon train. Working their way through the western Black Hills, the Expedition eventually arrived at a beautiful valley south of Harney’s Peak, now the site of the town of Custer, S.D. Here, and at a “permanent camp” 3 miles east, they stayed for 6 days, exploring and mapping the area, and climbing Harney’s Peak, while meanwhile back at camp civilian miners tested French Creek for gold, and found some.

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Marker Name: Campsite of General Custers Expedition ~ August 1 -6 ~ 1874

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