Near Custer in Yellowstone County, Montana — The American West (Mountains)
Fat cow was the choice meat. The Indians preserved their meat long before the whites ever had any embalmed beef scandals. They made pemmican by drying and pulverizing the meat, pouring marrow bone grease and oil over it, and packing it away in skin bags. It kept indefinitely, and in food value one pound was worth ten in fresh meat.
Tanned robes and rawhide were used for bedding, tepees, clothes, war shields, stretchers, travois, canoes, and bags. Horn and bones made tools and utensils. The buffalo played a prominent part in many of their religious rites, and jealousy of hereditary hunting grounds brought on most of the intertribal wars.
Erected by Montana Department of Transportation.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: AnimalsAnthropology & Archaeology • Native Americans.
Location. 46° 5.391′ N, 107° 39.601′ W. Marker is near Custer, Montana, in Yellowstone County. Marker is on Interstate 94 at milepost 41, on the right when traveling west. The marker is located in the Custer Rest Area Westbound. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Custer MT 59024, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 4 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Great Highway of the Northwest: The Yellowstone Trail (here, next to this marker); Junction of Bighorn and Yellowstone Rivers (a few steps from this marker); a different marker also named Junction of Bighorn and Yellowstone Rivers (approx. 3 miles away); Crossing the Yellowstone (approx. 5.8 miles away).
Also see . . . Old Time Farm Crime: The Embalmed Beef Scandal of 1898 -- Modern Farmer. They say the beef smelled like an embalmed dead body.... The commander of the Army, Gen. Nelson A. Miles, told a government commission investigating the handling of the war he believed the meat was “defective.”¯... Roosevelt, who had fought in the Spanish-American War before becoming U.S. president, had been forced to eat some of the “embalmed (Submitted on January 24, 2021, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.)
Credits. This page was last revised on January 25, 2021. It was originally submitted on January 24, 2021, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 39 times since then. Last updated on January 24, 2021, by Bradley Owen of Morgantown, West Virginia. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on January 24, 2021, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.