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Gordon Stockade--Poking the Bear
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The Black Hills of South Dakota have been a point of contention between Indian tribes and white settlers and prospectors for many years, the tribes having strong religious ties to the Hills. Without regard to the Fort Laramie Treaty of 1868, a group of 28 gold prospectors illegally headed west from Sioux City, Iowa, eluded the cavalry across Dakota Territory, and, to the ire of the Lakota, built a permanent camp in the southern Black Hills in December 1874. Named after its leader, John Gordon, their structure became known as the Gordon Stockade. Using native ponderosa pine, the stockade the prospectors built measured around 40 x 40 feet. It contained seven cabins, and each corner offered a shooting bastion for protection, and the walls were peppered with firing portholes. Here the stockade has been reconstructed in its original location, east of Custer, South Dakota, and three of the seven cabins here are the original ones from 147 years ago.

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::biffobear
06/09/21 5:08 PM GMT
Love the old forts.....R.
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::corngrowth
06/10/21 8:43 AM GMT
'Nik', thanks for another very interesting history lesson (capture and narrative) about South Dakota.
Good that the stockade and some of the cabins have been reconstructed, because such a site is keeping the history alive! 'History' and 'alive' sound like a contradiction, but preserving this cultural and historical heritage this way, makes us aware about what has happened in the past and provides us with lessons for the future.
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::Flmngseabass
06/11/21 9:58 PM GMT
A fascinating bit of history Nik. Thanks for sharing:)
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