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Important early Deadwood & Rapid City pioneer Major Andrew Jackson Simmons 1834-1920 collection incl

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Important early Deadwood & Rapid City pioneer Major Andrew Jackson Simmons 1834-1920 collection incl
Major Andrew Jackson Simmons 1834-1920 collection including photos, books, newspapers and his Colt 1861 engraved revolver. Born in New York Simmons life of travel and experiences included joining the California gold fields in 1853, colleague and friend to Mark Twain territorial legislature speaker in Nevada, mining at Alder Gulch Montana in 1860's, appointed Special Agent and titled Major by President Grant to negotiate obtaining right of way for railroad on reservation dealing with Sitting Bull and other Chiefs. In 1872 he took a part of the tribe members to Washington, newspaper account relates President Grant giving each an 1871 peace medal, group photo and Simmons medal included in the collection. In 1873 Major Simmons was appointed Indian Agent at Milk River Agency Montana Territory, later resigning. He arrived in Deadwood 1878 engaging in mining activities including the Echo near Maitland. In 1882 he purchased 160 acres near the town site of Rapid City, builds the Park Hotel, donates land for the Fremont, Elkhorn on Missouri Valley Railroad depot, ran the Rapid City Republican newspaper, served as Mayor or Rapid in 1881, built home in the Simmons block, successfully helped establish school of mines by donating the land to build on, 1897 returned to Deadwood and as part owner of the Etta Mine made the first public announcement to the discovery of tin in the Black Hills. He was instrumental in forming The Black Hills Mining Mens Association and writing the Black Hills Mining book published 1904, his personal copy included in the lot. His wife died at Deadwood 1905, he died 1921. Both buried Mt. Moriah Deadwood SD.