Placer Gold in the Black Hills, South Dakota
March 2001 by Edgar B. Heylmun, PhDDuring the Indian Wars in 1874, General George Custer and his men camped on French Creek in the southern Black Hills, near the present site of Custer, South Dakota. Two of his men found placer gold in French Creek. Word got out, and before long, a party of prospectors arrived. However, the government had signed a treaty with the Sioux Indians to stay out of the Black Hills. This led to prospectors sneaking in and working creeks all over the region at their own risk.
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Chris has been a regular contributor to the Journal for several years, and we are proud to announce that he will be joining our staff...
Most developmental ideas grow from the reluctance of some individual to participate in hard work, so I can only say that I must think better in a reclining position.
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