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

Horace N. Ross

 
 
Horace N. Ross Marker image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, July 10, 2018
1. Horace N. Ross Marker
Inscription.
Dedicated
to the memory of

Horace N. Ross

Discoverer of Gold
in the Black Hills
at Custer, So. Dak.
July 27th, 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. Touch for map. Marker and Horace Ross monument are located on the Custer County Courthouse grounds, in the plaza directly in front of the courthouse. Marker is at or near this postal address: 420 Mount Rushmore Road, Custer SD 57730, United States of America.
 
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); Frontier Protection (approx. 0.2 miles away); Miners Meet 1875 (approx. 0.6 miles away); Campsite of General Custer's Expedition (approx. 3.2 miles away); Anna Donna Tallent (approx. 3˝ miles away); A Legacy of Debate (approx. 3.6 miles away); Prospectors in Search of Gold (approx. 3.6 miles away); An Expedition of Mixed Outcomes (approx. 3.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Custer.
 
More about this marker. Marker is a large metal plaque, mounted
Horace N. Ross Monument (<i>marker is visible on front side of the monment pedestal</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, July 10, 2018
2. Horace N. Ross Monument (marker is visible on front side of the monment pedestal)
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. Army quickly responded by chasing the gold-seekers out of the Black Hills, but by the summer of 1875, Horatio Ross and hundreds of others flocked westward to search for gold. (Submitted on July 11, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 
 
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Horace N. Ross Monument (<i>marker visible at left; Custer County Courthouse in background</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, July 10, 2018
3. Horace N. Ross Monument (marker visible at left; Custer County Courthouse in background)
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 14, 2018. This page originally submitted on July 10, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 45 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on July 11, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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