Deadwood in Lawrence County, South Dakota — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
Gold Discovery in the Great Sioux Reservation
Early prospectors kept their activities secret, which contributes to the mystery surrounding the Deadwood Gulch discovery. The military expedition of Lt. Col. George Armstrong Custer triggered the Deadwood gold rush in 1874 with the confirmation of rumors of gold on the Sioux Reservation.
The proclamation at left illustrates a government attempt to keep prospectors out of Indian Territory. In spite of such laws, miners swarmed to the Black Hills. The miners' presence remained illegal until the 1868 Fort Laramie Treaty was ratified in February 1877.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Exploration • Settlements & Settlers. A significant historical month for this entry is February 1877.
Location. 44° 22.476′ N, 103° 43.828′ W. Marker is in Deadwood, South Dakota, in Lawrence County. Marker is on Deadwood Mount Drive south of Pine Street, on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Deadwood SD 57732, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Bonanza in the Hills (here, next to this marker); Riches from Mud (here, next to this marker); Architecture of a Unique Building Complex (here, next to this marker); President Taft Comes to Deadwood (within shouting distance of this marker); Civic Stability (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Lawrence County Jails & Capital Punishment (about 400 feet away); Black Hills Railroads (about 400 feet away); Weight a Minute (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Deadwood.
Also see . . . Black Hills Expedition (1874). (Submitted on November 19, 2011, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.)
Credits. This page was last revised on October 8, 2021. It was originally submitted on November 19, 2011, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 1,038 times since then and 52 times this year. Last updated on October 5, 2021, by Connor Olson of Kewaskum, Wisconsin. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on October 6, 2021, by Connor Olson of Kewaskum, Wisconsin. 3. submitted on November 19, 2011, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. 4. submitted on November 21, 2011, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. 5. submitted on November 19, 2011, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. • Mark Hilton was the editor who published this page.