A gray whale, another devil, and a grave

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When I reported on the segment of the trip from Deadwood to Sundance, I mentioned my stop at the Southeast Wyoming Welcome Center where I’d had the odd coincidence of crossing paths with the family from Maryland for the second …

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The other side of Sundance and a less than perfect icon

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Without making a stop, the drive from Sundance to Douglas then through Cheyenne to Laramie would have covered about 360 miles and taken five and a half hours more or less. The stops I recounted in the previous post added …

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Roaming Wyoming

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Today is the day you get to ride with me first through the armpit and then to the toe fungus of Wyoming. Are you excited by that prospect? I didn’t originate this description so let me explain. Since I was …

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A Jew, a lawman, a president, an outlaw and jumping buffalo

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When I ended my previous post, I’d written about two of Deadwood’s most famous characters. In today’s post I’ll profile a two more, recap my time in Deadwood and take you along on my return to Wyoming as I promised. …

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How can you get lost when you start in the center?

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If you recall the map I included in the entry called “A Devil of a time”, there’s a small loop that takes me east of Bear’s Lodge into South Dakota before leading me back to a night in Sundance, Wyoming. …

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The Bear necessities

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Of course, tribes of the First People (slipping back to a little Canadian, eh) knew of Bears Lodge long before its “discovery” by European-Americans. Most tribes that lived in or near the Black Hills had individual oral histories about the …

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A Devil of a time

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With regard to this trip, I’ve deemed today, August 30, National Monument Day. After several hours wandering the Little Bighorn National Monument, the time had come to drive directly to another National Monument – Devils Tower. The suggested route from …

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The Battle at Greasy Grass

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There are a few things we know for certain about the events of June 25, 1876. We know that Custer led the 7th Cavalry (566 enlisted soldiers and 31 officers) that was accompanied by as many as 40 scouts  many …

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Before the battle at Greasy Grass Part 2: The man at the center of it all

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The previous entry touched upon some of the broad circumstances – westward expansion by European Americans, broken treaties and relationships between some of the different tribes that lived on the plains – that led to the Great Sioux War of …

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Before the battle at Greasy Grass Part 1: Treaties signed. Treaties broken.

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Those of you who have followed my travels through these journals know that I try not only to share my journey with you but that I also attempt to share the way I experience travel by including geology, geography, history …

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