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Near Buffalo Gap in Custer County, South Dakota — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

Jedediah Strong Smith’s Route - - 1823

 
 
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By Barry Swackhamer, September 6, 2015
1. Jedediah Strong Smith’s Route - - 1823 Marker
Inscription. First white man in the Black Hills, this courageous and brawny beaver trapper in 1823 led a dozen Mountain Men from Fort Kiowa to the Yellowstone. His party entered the Black Hills via the old bison trail through Buffalo Gap near here.
Born in New York State in 1799, Jed Smith came West from Ohio in 1822 to join Ashley expedition from St. Louis up the Missouri River. Later, he found the South Pass and was the first white man to reach California by the overland route. He is also credited with extensive exploration of the West Coast north to Canada.
This skillful hunter, successful fur trader, and pioneer explorer of the American West was a man who feared God and loved peace. His Bible was his constant companion. Jed Smith was a trail blazer whose three driving ambitions were to serve God, to provide for his family, and to explore the unmapped American West. He was successful in attaining all three goals.
During the course of his Western explorations, Jed Smith survived many perilous experiences, including an encounter with a grizzly bear near this spot. In 1831 near the Cimarron River, he was killed by a Comanche lance. His body was never found.
‘When others lost their way or gave up the struggle, he ate the bread of faith and drank to the bottom from the cup of the Lord’s will.’* * Quotation by Donald
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By Barry Swackhamer, September 6, 2015
2. Jedediah Strong Smith’s Route - - 1823 Marker
Culross Peattie, Copyright 1960

 
Erected 1976 by The Jedediah Smith Corral - Westerners' International, Hot Springs, South Dakota Department of Transportation and The South Dakota Historical Society. (Marker Number 469.)
 
Location. 43° 30.808′ N, 103° 19.583′ W. Marker is near Buffalo Gap, South Dakota, in Custer County. Marker is on U.S. 79 near County Route 101, on the right when traveling north. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Buffalo Gap SD 57722, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 11 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Paha Sapa Limestone (approx. 8.2 miles away); The CCC's Enduring Legacy (approx. 8.2 miles away); Fall River Falls (approx. 8.7 miles away); Leslie Jensen Scenic Drive (approx. 9 miles away); Life in a Prairie Dog Town (approx. 9.1 miles away); Hot Springs, SD (approx. 9.3 miles away); The Mammoth Site of Hot Springs, SD (approx. 10.1 miles away); The Buffalo Corrals (approx. 10.1 miles away).
 
More about this marker. This marker is located on the east side of Highway 79, just north of Beaver Creek.
 
Also see . . .  Jedediah Smith - Blazing the Rockies - Legends of America.
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Wikipedia
3. Jedediah Strong Smith
He then was sent with a message to Ashley, who had wintered downriver. Ashley, Smith and the other fur trappers soon encountered hostilities with the Arikara Indians and in the battle that ensued on June 1, 1823, Smith was said to have distinguished himself for bravery. (Submitted on October 7, 2015, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.) 
 
Categories. Exploration
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 235 times since then and 12 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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