Custer in Custer County, South Dakota — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
built a log fort 100 feet by 150 feet
for protection against the Sioux
Indians. The fort was large enough to
house the City’s population and was
located across the street.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Forts and Castles • Settlements & Settlers • Wars, US Indian. A significant historical year for this entry is 1876.
Location. 43° 46.039′ N, 103° 35.862′ W. Marker is in Custer, South Dakota, in Custer County. Marker is on North 7th Street north of Mount Rushmore Road (U.S. 16A), on the left when traveling north. Marker is located on the Custer U.S. Post Office grounds, near the northeast corner of the building, facing North 7th Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 643 Mount Rushmore Road, Custer SD 57730, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. First National Bank of Dakota Territory (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Custer County Courthouse (approx. 0.2 miles away); Horace N. Ross (approx. 0.2 miles away); Miners Meet 1875 Everything changes, or does it? (approx. 2.3 miles away); Campsite of General Custer's Expedition (approx. 3 miles away); Anna Donna Tallent (approx. 3.3 miles away); A Legacy of Debate (approx. 3.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Custer.
Also see . . . Custer, South Dakota History. After increasing encroachment by Americans and violent confrontations, the U.S. government forced the Sioux to cede much of the Black Hills in 1877, and opened the land for individual purchase and settlement. Before that, in 1875, trespassing gold-boomers named their settlement Stonewall (after the Confederate general, Stonewall Jackson), but it was later renamed for Custer. Almost abandoned in 1876 after word of the much larger gold strikes in Deadwood Gulch spread, Custer later became an established city. (Submitted on July 11, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
Credits. This page was last revised on July 12, 2018. It was originally submitted on July 10, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 130 times since then and 9 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on July 10, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.