Custer in Custer County, South Dakota — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
Horace N. Ross
to the memory of
Horace N. Ross
Discoverer of Gold
in the Black Hills
at Custer, So. Dak.
July 27th, 1874
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Exploration • Industry & Commerce • Settlements & Settlers.
Location. 43° 45.935′ N, 103° 36.076′ W. Marker is in Custer, South Dakota, in Custer County. Marker is on Mount Rushmore Road (U.S. 16A) east of South 4th Street, on the right when traveling east. Marker and Horace Ross monument are located on the Custer County Courthouse grounds, in the plaza directly in front of the courthouse. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 420 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. Custer County Courthouse (within shouting distance of this marker); Frontier Protection (approx. 0.2 miles away); Miners Meet 1875 (approx. 0.6 miles away); Campsite of General Custer's Expedition (approx. 3.2 miles away); Anna Donna Tallent A Legacy of Debate (approx. 3.6 miles away); Prospectors in Search of Gold (approx. 3.6 miles away); An Expedition of Mixed Outcomes (approx. 3.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Custer.
More about this marker. Marker is a large metal plaque, mounted at waist-level, directly on the front of the Horace Ross monument. The Horace Ross monument is a large, masonry and stone obelisk, about 12 feet tall, located directly in front of the Custer County Courthouse.
Also see . . . Horatio Ross & Custer's Black Hills Gold Find. Horatio Ross accompanied General George Custer on the 1874 Black Hills Expedition and discovered gold on French Creek near what is now Custer, South Dakota. The Horatio Ross discovery of gold in the Black Hills, presented a problem because this was disputed territory. The Black Hills was part of the Native American Reservation which encompassed the western half of the state of South Dakota. Newspaper articles appeared nationwide and gold prospectors began pouring into the ‘forbidden’ territory. The U.S. Army quickly responded by chasing the gold-seekers out of the Black Hills, but by the summer of 1875, Horatio Ross and hundreds of others flocked westward to search for gold. (Submitted on July 11, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
Credits. This page was last revised on July 14, 2018. It was originally submitted on July 10, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 109 times since then and 25 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on July 11, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.