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Near Custer in Custer County, South Dakota — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

Anna Donna Tallent

 
 
Anna Donna Tallent Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cosmos Mariner, July 11, 2018
1. Anna Donna Tallent Marker
Inscription.  
In Memory of
Anna Donna Tallent
Teacher and Author.

Born in New York State
April 12, 1827.
Died in Sturgis, S. Dakota
February 13, 1901.

The first white woman
to enter the Black Hills.
Arriving in Custer City
in December 1874.

This Monument
is erected by the
Society of Black Hills Pioneers
and many Admirers.

The world is better because she lived and worked in it.

 
Erected by The Society of Black Hills Pioneers. (Marker Number 588.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: EducationSettlements & SettlersWomen. In addition, it is included in the South Dakota State Historical Society Markers series list. A significant historical month for this entry is December 1874.
 
Location. 43° 46.095′ N, 103° 31.84′ W. Marker is near Custer, South Dakota, in Custer County. Marker is on Lower French Creek Road, 0.2 miles south of Stockade Lake Drive (U.S. 16A), on the left when traveling
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south. Marker is a large metal memorial plaque, mounted on the bottom/pedestal portion of a 10-foot tall white obelisk. The marker and memorial obelisk are located in a pull-out on the east side of the road. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Custer SD 57730, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. A Legacy of Debate (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); Prospectors in Search of Gold (about 700 feet away); An Expedition of Mixed Outcomes (about 800 feet away); An Agreement Between Cultures (approx. 0.2 miles away); Campsite of General Custer's Expedition (approx. 0.4 miles away); Stockade Lake Bridge (approx. 0.8 miles away); Glen Erin School (approx. 0.9 miles away); Fire Tower Lookouts (approx. 2.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Custer.
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. The Gordon Stockade
 
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1. Annie Tallent - First White Woman in the Black Hills. Just off U.S. Highway 16 east of Custer, South Dakota, stands an obelisk dedicated to the first school teacher and the first white woman in the Black Hills. Her name was Anna Donna Tallent, known to history as “Annie Tallent”. Annie Tallent was a well-educated woman. A school teacher by vocation. Her entrance into the then-forbidden Black Hills tells the story of how people of all backgrounds transcended their differences in order to seek riches in the gold rush
Anna Donna Tallent Monument (<i>tall view; marker is mounted on bottom portion of obelisk</i>) image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cosmos Mariner, July 11, 2018
2. Anna Donna Tallent Monument (tall view; marker is mounted on bottom portion of obelisk)
following General George Custer’s Black Hills Expedition of 1874. (Submitted on July 12, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 

2. Annie D. Fraser Tallent. In 1897, she authored the book The Black Hills: or the Last Hunting Grounds of the Dakotahs, a comprehensive history of the region. The book outlined her strong belief that "such treaties as tend to arrest the advance of civilization and retard the development of the rich resources of our country should not have been entered into." The book is controversial, but does present a history of the region during the last quarter of the 19th century. A granite monument to Annie Tallent commemorating her arrival stands on the banks of Stockade Lake near Custer (Submitted on July 12, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 
 
Anna Donna Tallent Monument (<i>wide view northeast toward French Creek & Stockade Lake</i>) image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cosmos Mariner, July 11, 2018
3. Anna Donna Tallent Monument (wide view northeast toward French Creek & Stockade Lake)
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 4, 2021. It was originally submitted on July 10, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 510 times since then and 124 times this year. Last updated on November 4, 2021. Photos:   1. submitted on July 11, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.   2, 3. submitted on July 12, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.

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