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Custer's Expedition to the Black Hills, 1874-5 (63904)

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Custer's Expedition to the Black Hills, 1874-5  (63904)
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Eleven New York tribune newspapers with excellent articles on the Custer expedition to the Black Hills, 1874-1876. Custer was commanded to lead an expedition to the Black Hills to look for a route through the region heading southwest, and suitable locations for forts. Additionally, the group's scientists were charged with looking for gold. The expedition was a major undertaking, as for the first time, the new technology of telegraphic communication, in conjunction with a railroad system in the US allowed for the dissemination of news to the American people. In this new period of technology, American people could "follow" the expedition, and the Tribune was one of the first, if not the first, to publish the long articles. The expedition was well documented and photographed. The expedition accomplished its goals. They found and named Harney Peak, the site of one of the first major Tin discoveries in America (along with Temescal, Cal), and of course gold. The gold discoveries created a rush to Dakota, which culminated in George Hearst consolidating the small mines into one big one, known as the Homestake, which incorporated in 1877, right after the completion of the expedition. The articles here discuss Custer's return to Ft. Lincoln, his base until he was killed; the gold discoveries (11/12/75); Harney Peak area (12/18/74); Custer City (the site of the first expedition encampment, which became a town, 8.17.75); the Sioux selling the lack hills to the US Govt (4.2.1875); potential Indian uprisings thwarted (9.28.75); Black Hills Descriptions (9.22.74); exploring party reports that include mineral reporting, Indian issues, etc. (6.8.75, 8.28.74, 8.20.75, 6.22.75); Gold Discoveries with one of the first published maps of the Dakota gold region (7-2-75) State: Dakota Territory City: Date: