The Custer Trail
Site of Sacred Lands and Historic Battles
George A. Custer
Both famous and infamous for his victories during the American Civil War and the Indian Wars that followed, Custer is best known for his spectacular defeat at the Battle of the Little Bighorn in 1876. His name echoes throughout the Black hills for these exploits as well as for his 1874 expedition, which exposed their riches to the hungry eyes of the growing nation. Such notoriety was not expected of the bottom-ranked graduate in his class at West Point. he made up for poor grades with battlefield zeal and a mission to carry out the nations quest for territory.
Mapping Black Hills Treasure
The Black Hills hold religious
The War for Gold
"74 G Custer" is inscribed atop Inyan Kara, a mark probably left by a member of the Custer party, which climbed the peak on July 23, 1874. Located a few miles south of this Visitor Information Center, the mountain is venerated by many American Indians. The expedition's impact on the region however, was far greater than defacing sacred places. newspaper reports of gold sparked the Black hills Gold Rush. Stiff resistance by the Lakotas to the intrusion and unsuccessful negotiations by the U.S. government to buy the land led to the Great Sioux War of 1876-77. In addition to heavy defeats on both sides, including Custer's famous "last stand," the conflict ended with dispossession of more land by the American Indians and absorption of the Black Hills into the U.S. for gold mining, ranching, and settlement
Location. 44° 31.661′ N, 104° 12.346′ W. Marker is in Sundance, Wyoming, in Crook County. Marker is on Interstate 90. Touch for map. Marker is at the Wyoming Welcome Center. Marker is in this post office area: Sundance WY 82729, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Petrified Trees (here, next to this marker); The Vore Buffalo Jump (here, next to this marker); Bird of the Black Hills (here, next to this marker); Rich Colors, Rich Lands (here, next to this marker); Paha Sapa, Black Hills (here, next to this marker); a different marker also named Vore Buffalo Jump (approx. 2½ miles away); Understanding Bison Behavior Brought Success (approx. 2½ miles away); The Ideal Hunting Ground (approx. 2½ miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Sundance.
Categories. • Exploration • Native Americans • Wars, US Indian •
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