Near Hulett in Crook County, Wyoming — The American West (Mountains)
Inscription. The Ft. Laramie treaties of 1851 & 1868 set aside the Black Hills for the Sioux, for as long as the grass shall grow and the river shall flow. Nevertheless, in 1874 Lt. Col. George Armstrong Custer was sent to investigate rumors of gold in the area giving rise to a flood of goldseekers and camp followers who poured into the hills violating the treaties. Sioux representatives were called to Washington to negotiate, but in November 1875, before a new agreement could be reached, President Grant used attacks by Sioux on trespassing miners to order the Indians to give up their scared hills and go to assigned agencies by January of 1876. That spring the military began a campaign to round up all remaining “hostiles” resulting in the Battle of the Little Big Horn, the Dull Knife Battle and the eventual forced surrender of all remaining Indian lands. Native Americans who had once roamed the high plains freely were confined to small reservations, often far from their scared places.
By Volker Schmidt, May 2008
1. Camp Devin Marker
Two years later the military was still at work protecting settlers and miners. June 1, 1878, Lt. Col. Luther P. Bradley and 520 men left Ft. Laramie following the Cheyenne-Deadwood Stage route to the Black Hills. Their mission was to construct a telegraph line between Deadwood and Ft. Keogh, thus tieing together Montana, Wyoming and Dakota Territories.
At the conclusion of a 30day march they established a summer bivouac near here. Camp Devin, named for Col. Thomas Devin of the 3rd U.S. Cavalry, had a life of only 2 months. Although the existence of the camp was short, its occupants fulfilled their mission. The completed telegraph line resulted in improved communications between forts and white settlements, opening the way for domestication of northeast Wyoming.
By Volker Schmidt, 2008
2. Camp Devin Marker
Location. 44° 59.893′ N, 104° 24.685′ W. Marker is near Hulett, Wyoming, in Crook County. Marker is on WY-112 N, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. The marker ist located on the border Wyoming/Montana. Marker is in this post office area: Hulett WY 82720, United States of America.
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on April 23, 2011, by Volker Schmidt of Albstadt, Germany. This page has been viewed 899 times since then and 65 times this year. Last updated on May 19, 2011, by Volker Schmidt of Albstadt, Germany. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on April 23, 2011, by Volker Schmidt of Albstadt, Germany. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.