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Near Worden in Yellowstone County, Montana — The American West (Mountains)
 

Camp #44 of the 1873 Yellowstone Expedition

 
 
Camp #44 of the 1873 Yellowstone Expedition Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, August 2, 2010
1. Camp #44 of the 1873 Yellowstone Expedition Marker
Inscription. In June, 1873, a Northern Pacific Railroad surveying party escorted by 1,500 soldiers, including the 7th Cavalry under the command of George Armstrong Custer, and 325 civilians, left Dakota Territory for the Yellowstone Valley to survey a route for the second transcontinental railroad.

The Lakota Sioux and Cheyenne were opposed to the railroad and clashed with the soldiers on several occasions throughout July. On August 11th, the expedition camped for a well earned rest just north of here. Five days later, some of the men sought relief from the summer heat by bathing in the Yellowstone River. Suddenly, shots were fired at them by six Lakota warriors hiding near Pompey's Pillar. One man later humorously reported that in the "ensuing scramble for cover, nude bodies (scattered) in all directions on the north bank for a hundred yards." The soldiers returned fire and eventually drove the Indians away. No one was killed in the skirmish. Perhaps figuring that discretion was the better part of valor, the soldiers thereafter chose to "bear the heat rather than risk another swim in the Yellowstone." It was not reported if Custer was among those caught with his pants down by the Lakota on that hot August day in 1873.
 
Erected by Montana Department of Transportation.
 
Location.
Yellowstone River near Pompey's Pillar image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, August 2, 2010
2. Yellowstone River near Pompey's Pillar
45° 59.231′ N, 108° 0.296′ W. Marker is near Worden, Montana, in Yellowstone County. Marker is on Old Highway 312 0.3 miles east of Bundy Rd, on the left when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is located near entrance road to Pompey's Pillar National Monument. Marker is in this post office area: Worden MT 59088, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 3 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Pompey's Pillar (here, next to this marker); a different marker also named Pompey’s Pillar (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line but has been reported missing); A Crossroads of Events (approx. 0.6 miles away).
 
Categories. Railroads & StreetcarsWars, US Indian
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on December 26, 2012, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page has been viewed 354 times since then and 10 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on December 26, 2012, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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