Below are three pictures taken during a tour led by author/photographer Paul Horstad of Custer's camp during the Black Hills Expedition. The first picture is the sign telling of the expedition and the area and Illingworth's photos.
Paul Horstad with bullhorn. Custer's camp was in the valley behind him.
The valley as it exists today.
Last Edit: May 14, 2006 11:22:38 GMT -5 by bubbabod
That must have been a great tour! Thier book is one of my most favorites! It's funny, when I first started buying custer books I kept telling myself I was not going to expand outside of the Little Big Horn episode......guess what happened!
"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do.
So throw off the bowlines.
Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover."
On a rock outcropping just above this campsite is the location where Illingsworth set up for one of his famous shots of "Golden Valley". Right next to it you can find a carving of 'GAC US 7 Cav' on the rock outcrop. I wonder if Paul Horsted included that stop in his tour? Probably not, as it would take a bit of climbing to get to it.
Does anybody out there have a fix on the location at which gold was found on the Black Hills expedition? I'd like latitude and longitude but will settle for less. TIA
I don't know how accurate it is, but there is a sign posted along French Creek a few hundred yards west of the Golden Valley base Campsite allegedly designating the exact spot where gold was discovered in 1874. It is along a side road that turns off to the left just before you arrive at the Campsite if you are driving from Custer City.
Post by harpskiddie on Oct 15, 2007 16:36:28 GMT -5
Grafe and Horsted in Exploring With Custer [pp 56-57] examine the case for Castle Creek possibly being the first place where gold was discovered 27 July. The camp was located at 44 01 45 and 103 51 20 [Ludlow's records]. Don't know about the creek location as far as coordinates are concerned.
Get the book, if you don't already have it. It will be a wonderful guide to exploration of the Hills, or following the old trail, some of which is still there and visible.
Gordie, I don't know where I'm goin' and I'm not sure where I been..............................................