First white man in the Black Hills, this courageous and brawny beaver trapper in 1823 led a dozen Mountain Men from Fort Kiowa to the Yellowstone. His party entered the Black Hills via the old bison trail through Buffalo Gap near here.
Born in . . . — — Map (db m89396) HM
Between 1874-1876, thousands of citizens illegally entered the Black Hills in search of gold. Every gold panner, newspaper article, and frontier story told of great wealth and encouraged the onslaught of the region.
The military made vain efforts . . . — — Map (db m121400) HM
Cultural conflicts erupted across the western Great Plains during the 1860s. Expanding railroads and frontier posts located in traditional hunting grounds impacted the various tribes in the northern plains. Restrictions on westward settlement . . . — — Map (db m121397) HM
An economic crash in 1873 affected the entire nation. The government, pressured to boost the economy, needed to explore new land. Open land for settlement and rich resources would create markets and new jobs.
George A. Custer and his . . . — — Map (db m121398) HM
In Memory of
Anna Donna Tallent
Teacher and Author.
Born in New York State
April 12, 1827.
Died in Sturgis, S. Dakota
February 13, 1901.
The first white woman
to enter the Black Hills.
Arriving in Custer City
in December . . . — — Map (db m121457) HM
This picturesque valley was the site of the permanent camp of the Black Hills Expedition of 1874 under the command of General George A. Custer of the 7th Cavalry. Their 5 day stay was the longest stop made during the entire expedition and General . . . — — Map (db m45353) HM
Camp F-14 Lightning Creek: located 0.7 mile NW on road 288. Companies: 1783V--10/17/33-Spring 34 791--4/30/34-Fall 41
The Civilian Conservation Corps was a federal relief program during 1933-1942 that gave jobless men work renovating abused . . . — — Map (db m34296) HM
Camp SP-3 (DSP-1 in 1934): NE 2 miles, end of CSP road on French Creek. Company: 2757 - 7/28/34-10/1/41.
The Civilian Conservation Corps was a federal work-relief program during the Great Depression. From 1933 to 1942, the CCC provided work for . . . — — Map (db m124589) HM
Comanche, an Indian mustang ridden by Captain Keogh,
Seventh U.S. Cavalry, was named for the Comanche Indians,
from whom he was captured. The buckskin horse proved
dependable under fire and was ridden by Keogh during
the ill-fated Battle of . . . — — Map (db m125088) HM
Breaking the Records
On August 24, 2000, a carelessly dropped match started what would become the largest fire in the recorded history of South Dakota. By the time the inferno finished its race through the forest, it had consumed 83,508 . . . — — Map (db m37093) HM
The Jasper Fire started on August 24, 2000. It burned over 83,000 acres. This includes the entire surface above known parts of Jewel Cave. Will such a large, intense wildfire affect this unique national treasure? Now is our chance to find out. . . . — — Map (db m37095) HM
Whether they know it or not, black-tailed prairie dogs are wildlife managers. These ground squirrels are intricately connected to numerous plant and animal species and play a key role in the health and stability of the prairie.
The eating . . . — — Map (db m71076) HM
Did you notice that this forest burned? Some areas show no signs of fire. Blackened tree skeletons tell of crown fire in other areas. This is a typical burn mosaic of a western wildfire. How did the visitor center and nearby trees survive? Fire . . . — — Map (db m37096) HM
Spurred by rumors of gold, many prospector groups attempted to enter the Black Hills in the 1870s. Without regard to the Fort Laramie Treaty, they planned to enter the region and exploit the untapped wealth.
A group of 28 people headed west from . . . — — Map (db m121399) HM
Originally Constructed by the
Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC)
Completed in April 1937
South Dakota National Guard
Completed in August 1988
The Bridge is 76 feet, 4 inches long and 26 feet wide. Three spans, each constructed of 10 . . . — — Map (db m121402) HM
George Hearst (1820-1891) United States Senator, mining engineer, sportsman, speculator. Starting with nothing, he developed three of the fabled mines in the American West -- The Ophir, the Anaconda, and the Homestake -- and founded one of the . . . — — Map (db m34580) HM
Geology provides the foundation of scenery in the Black Hills. From rocky outcroppings to towering spires, the northern portion of Custer State Park highlights the essence of the central core.
The central core is a region of rocks mainly . . . — — Map (db m34626) HM
Commonly called "buffalo", bison (Bison bison) are North America's largest land mammal, and one of Custer State Park's most valuable resources. Sometimes called "Lord of the Plains" the buffalo is a unique animal. A mature bull can stand up to six . . . — — Map (db m45354) HM
These historical cannons stood
in front of Dr. Mudd's cell on the
Dry Tortugas Key West, Fla.
Donated to Wm Stanley Post No. 148
G.A.R-SD by the Government
Oct. 11, 1901
T.L. Monaghan, Adjt.
J.G. Baker, Comdt.
Address by Col. W.V. . . . — — Map (db m113158) HM WM
In 1932, Cecil Clyde Gideon, forged ahead with the design of the Pigtail Bridges when many felt it couldn’t be done. C.C., as he was called, was a pioneer in the Black Hills, making his mark as a master builder, architect, craftsman, lawman, highway . . . — — Map (db m89460) HM