Fort Meade: Peacekeeper of the Black Hills

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The gold rush of 1876 brought many miners to the Black Hills. After the defeat of Lt. Col. George Custer at the Battle of Little Big Horn in June 1876, miners, concerned about attacks from the Lakota, requested protection from the US Army. However, it was not until 1878 that a military fort, Fort Meade, was established in the area for the protection of the settlers in the Black Hills. Fort Meade is located near Bear Butte and present-day Sturgis, South Dakota. From the home of the 7th Cavalry to hosting Civilian Conservation Corps camp during the Depression to housing German prisoners of war during World War II, Fort Meade kept the peace on the Northern Great Plains for 66 years. Fort Meade then transitioned into a Veterans Administration hospital and a regional training institute for the South Dakota National Guard.
ISBN: 9781467128018
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: South Dakota
Series: Images of America
Images: 198
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
Since 2003, Roberta Sago has been the special collections librarian/archivist at the Leland D. Case Library at Black Hills State University. She has coauthored four titles with Arcadia Publishing. After 20 years as an elementary school teacher and principal, Lee Stroschine returned to his hometown of Sturgis in 2010 and is a member of the board of directors of the Old Fort Meade Museum and Historic Research Association.
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