Hysham in Treasure County, Montana — The American West (Mountains)
Hysham and Treasure County
By 1914, Hysham included a bank, church, two saloons, a restaurant, barbershop, lumber yards, "a crack baseball team,"
"US 10 now winds through lonely badlands. Under an uncompromising sun the side of the buttes are mottled with brown, buff, and gray. After sundown, as twilight shades into dusk, the masses of guttered rock take on eerie tones of purple and black. Only the bark and scurry of prairie dogs by day, and the dismal howl of coyotes by night, indicate the presence of living things." - Montana: A State Guidebook (1939)
The Centennial Campaign
In February 1876, the US Army initiated a three-pronged attack on the Lakota and Northern Cheyenne Indian who, after an ultimatum, refused refused to return to their reservations. One of the columns, commanded by Colonel John Gibbon, marched down the Yellowstone Valley from Forts Shaw and Ellis. Called the Montana Column, it arrived in the area in late April 1876 and found a deserted Fort Pease virtually untouched. Gibbon occupied the fort while patrolling along the north side of the Yellowstone River before moving down the Rosebud Creek confluence in mid-May.
The Montana Column and the decimated Seventh Cavalry occupied the trading post in the aftermath of the Little Bighorn defeat, waiting nearly a month for resupply and reinforcement.
Custer Circle Project
Erected by Montana Department of Transportation.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Political Subdivisions • Settlements & Settlers.
Location. 46° 13.125′ N, 107° 15.114′ W. Marker is in Hysham, Montana, in Treasure County. Marker is on Interstate 94 near Old U.S. Highway 312, on the right when traveling west. This marker is located at the Big Horn/Hysham Rest Area Westbound. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Hysham MT 59038, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 6 other markers are within 11 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Jedediah Smith (here, next to this marker); a different marker also named Jedediah Smith (within shouting distance of this marker); Fort Pease (approx. 5.2 miles away); Yucca Theatre and David M. Manning Residence (approx. 5.2 miles away); Sanders Gymnasium (approx. 8.7 miles away); Tullock's Creek (approx. 10.2 miles away).
Credits. This page was last revised on January 24, 2021. It was originally submitted on January 24, 2021, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 33 times since then. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on January 24, 2021, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.