Custer in Custer County, South Dakota — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
Horace N. Ross
Dedicated to the memory of
Horace N. Ross
Discoverer of Gold in the Black Hills at Custer, So. Dak.
July 27th, 1874 (Marker Number 604.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Exploration • Industry & Commerce • Settlements & Settlers. In addition, it is included in the South Dakota State Historical Society Markers series list. A significant historical date for this entry is July 27, 1874.
Location. 43° 45.935′ N, 103° 36.076′ W. Marker is in Custer, South Dakota, in Custer County. Marker is on Mount Rushmore Road (U.S. 16A) east of South 4th Street, on the right when traveling east. Marker and Horace Ross monument are located on the Custer County Courthouse grounds, in the plaza directly in front of the courthouse. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 420 Mount Rushmore Road, Custer SD 57730, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Custer County Courthouse (within shouting distance of this marker); First National Bank of Dakota Territory (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); Frontier Protection Miners Meet 1875 (approx. 0.6 miles away); Everything changes, or does it? (approx. 2.3 miles away); Landscapes & Logging (approx. 2˝ miles away); Campsite of General Custer's Expedition (approx. 3.2 miles away); Anna Donna Tallent (approx. 3˝ miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Custer.
More about this marker. Marker is a large metal plaque, mounted at waist-level, directly on the front of the Horace Ross monument. The Horace Ross monument is a large, masonry and stone obelisk, about 12 feet tall, located directly in front of the Custer County Courthouse.
Also see . . . Horatio Ross & Custer's Black Hills Gold Find. Horatio Ross accompanied General George Custer on the 1874 Black Hills Expedition and discovered gold on French Creek near what is now Custer, South Dakota. The Horatio Ross discovery of gold in the Black Hills, presented a problem because this was disputed territory. The Black Hills was part of the Native American Reservation which encompassed the western half of the state of South Dakota. Newspaper articles appeared nationwide and gold prospectors began pouring into the ‘forbidden’ territory. The U.S. (Submitted on July 11, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
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 387 times since then and 146 times this year. Last updated on November 4, 2021. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on July 11, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.