“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Near Moorcroft in Crook County, Wyoming — The American West (Mountains)

Inyan Kara

Two Identical Markers

Inyan Kara Marker image. Click for full size.
By Rev. Ronald Irick, July 13, 2016
1. Inyan Kara Marker
Inscription. Though rising only 600 ft above the floor of the plains, Inyan Kara Mountain stands as one of the most important cultural and historical landmarks of the Black Hills. Inyan Kara forms an important part of the sacred geography of the Black Hills for the Lakota and other northern Plains tribes. Traditional beliefs link Inyan Kara with other widely recognized sacred sites including Devilís Tower or Bear Lodge, Sundance Mountain and Bear Butte in South Dakota. The entire Black Hills region is spiritual landscape which lies at the core of traditional belief systems. The 1868 Treaty of Fort Laramie included this spiritual landscape as part of the reservation established for the Lakota in South Dakota and unceded Indian Territory in Wyoming and from which Euro-americans were banned without express consent.

Exclusive use of the Black Hills by Lakota proved short-lived. In 1874, U.S. Army Lieutenant Colonel George Armstrong Custer lead an expedition of 1000 men, 110 wagons and 500 cattle to the Black Hills in order to scout for likely places to establish military posts and to explore for gold. Custerís column reached Inyan Kara on July 22, 1874. On July 23, Custer climbed the summit of Inyan Kara, leaving the inscription “74 Custer.” While camped at the base of the mountain, two of Custerís soldiers died; George

Inyan Kara Marker image. Click for full size.
By Rev. Ronald Irick, July 13, 2016
2. Inyan Kara Marker
Marker as seen from I-90
Turner from a gunshot wound and John Cunningham from dysentery. Custerís incursion into the Black Hills resulted in the discovery of gold near Deadwood, South Dakota. The resulting gold rush provoked the Lakota, culminating in the bloody military campaigns of 1876 and Custerís defeat and death at the Battle of Little Big Horn. Inyan Kara Mountain was enrolled in the National Registry of Historic Places in 1973. (Wyoming state logo)
Location. 44° 18.025′ N, 104° 37.465′ W. Marker is near Moorcroft, Wyoming, in Crook County. Marker is on Interstate 90 at milepost 171, on the right when traveling west. Click for map. Marker is at a roadside pull-off, just south of Old Sundance Rd overpass (there is an identical marker on the other side of the highway). Marker is in this post office area: Moorcroft WY 82721, United States of America.
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Inyan Kara Mountain image. Click for full size.
By Rev. Ronald Irick, July 13, 2016
3. Inyan Kara Mountain
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Rev. Ronald Irick of West Liberty, Ohio. This page has been viewed 236 times since then and 19 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Rev. Ronald Irick of West Liberty, Ohio. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on September 30, 2016.
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