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Near Aladdin in Crook County, Wyoming — The American West (Mountains)
 

Custer's 1874 Expedition

 
 
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By William J. Toman, August 12, 2010
1. Custer's 1874 Expedition Marker
Inscription. During the summer of 1874, General George Armstrong Custer led the first official government expedition to the Black Hills, which the Sioux Indians claimed as their territory. Although the United States Government officially sent this expedition of more than 1,000 men to scout for a new fort location, the presence of engineers, geologists, and miners indicated that recording the topography, geography, and location of gold deposits were other important goals.

The expedition's discovery of gold had wide reaching effects on the area and its future. Miners rushed to the Black Hills, ultimately helping to open northeast Wyoming Territory to settlement. The encroachment of settlers on Native American territory broke the terms of the Fort Laramie Treaty of 1868. The Sioux turned to war to defend their lands and, in June 1876, they defeated General Custer at the Battle of Little Bighorn in Montana. However, they surrendered to General Terry by October of that same year. In 1877, the United States officially confiscated the Black Hills lands from the Sioux, an action of which the legality is still being disputed in the courts.
 
Location. 44° 39.357′ N, 104° 21.246′ W. Marker is near Aladdin, Wyoming, in Crook County. Marker is on State Highway 24 0.2
Custer's 1874 Expedition Marker image. Click for full size.
By William J. Toman, August 12, 2010
2. Custer's 1874 Expedition Marker
miles west of Oak Creek Road, on the left when traveling west. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Aladdin WY 82710, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 10 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Devils Tower (approx. 7.1 miles away); Later Years of Operation (approx. 9.5 miles away); Tipple Stabilazation (sic) (approx. 9.5 miles away); Tipple Operation (approx. 9.5 miles away); Coal Production (approx. 9.5 miles away); Aladdin Tipple History (approx. 9.5 miles away); Adit Entrance (approx. 9.5 miles away); The Hoist House (approx. 9.5 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Aladdin.
 
Also see . . .
1. Its Equal I Have Never Seen: Custer Explores the Black Hills in 1874. an article by Dr. Brian W. Dippie from Columbia: The Magazine of Northwest History (Submitted on August 19, 2010, by William J. Toman of Green Lake, Wisconsin.) 

2. U.S. vs. Sioux Nation. 1980 Supreme Court decision (Submitted on August 19, 2010, by William J. Toman of Green Lake, Wisconsin.) 

3. Settlement Possible in Black Hills Case. a May 12, 2009 article from The Daily Yonder, a media source for rural America (Submitted on August 19, 2010, by William J. Toman of Green Lake, Wisconsin.) 
 
Categories. ExplorationSettlements & SettlersWars, US Indian
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by William J. Toman of Green Lake, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 1,697 times since then and 26 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by William J. Toman of Green Lake, Wisconsin. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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