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Near Miles City in Custer County, Montana — The American West (Mountains)
 

Powder River

 
 
Powder River Marker image. Click for full size.
By Roger Dean Meyer, September 22, 2015
1. Powder River Marker
Inscription.  This is the river that exuberant parties claim is a mile wide, an inch deep, and runs up hill. The statement is exaggerated. Captain Clark, of the Lewis and Clark Expedition, named it the Redstone in 1806 and afterwards found out that the Indians called it the same thing but they pronounced it “Wah-ha-sah.” He camped just across the Yellowstone from the mouth of the Powder on the night of July 30, 1806.
Generals Terry and Custer, moving from the east to take part in a campaign against the Sioux and Cheyenne Indians, camped on the Yellowstone about 25 miles west of here June 10, 1876. From that point Major Reno was sent with six troops of the 7th Cavalry to scout the Powder and Tongue valleys for Indian sign. He swung further west and picked up a fresh trail on the Rosebud. It was this trail that led Custer into contact with the hostiles resulting in the Battle of the Little Big Horn.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: ExplorationNative AmericansWars, US Indian.
 
Location. 46° 25.585′ N, 105° 18.726′ 
Wide View of Powder River Marker image. Click for full size.
By Roger Dean Meyer, September 22, 2015
2. Wide View of Powder River Marker
W. Marker is near Miles City, Montana, in Custer County. Marker is on U.S. 12 24 miles east of U.S. I-94, on the left when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Miles City MT 59301, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 1 other marker is within walking distance of this marker. The Powder River and the Red Trail (a few steps from this marker).
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on September 2, 2020. It was originally submitted on September 2, 2020, by Roger Dean Meyer of Yankton, South Dakota. This page has been viewed 58 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on September 2, 2020, by Roger Dean Meyer of Yankton, South Dakota.
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Feb. 25, 2021