Fort Pierre-Deadwood Trail Then & Now

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The history of the Fort Pierre-Deadwood Trail

"There's gold in the Black Hills"

With these exciting words, widely heard in the year 1875, the rush was on to that outpost of the Rockies in Dakota Territory. Hundreds of men scrambled toward fame and fortune from eastern regions of the United States.

Once past the Missouri River, these men were confronted with the task of traversing the western plains of Dakota. The route most freqently used what was later known as the Fort Pierre-Deadwood trail. 

What's inside the book:


  • A History of the Fort Pierre-Deadwood Trail (by James D. Osburn)
    • The Trail
    • The Outfits
    • Incidents and Characters
    • The End of the Trail
  • Conveyances (by Ken R. Stewart)
    • The concord Stage Coach
    • Bullwhacker Wagons
  • Colorful Characters Along The Trail (by Ken R. Stewart)

Then & Now

  • Trail Map


  • 5000 Miles On A Country Road (by Lonis R. Wendt)
  • The Fort Pierre-Deadwood Trail In 2008
  • Verendrye Museum Association Inc. Trail Ride Committee
  • Norman Signs
  • Bibliography- "A History of the Fort Pierre-Deadwood Trail"
  • Authors' Biographies
  • Index 


  • 60 pages
  • 8 1/2" X 11" X 1/4"

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    Fort Pierre-Deadwood Trail: Then & Now

    Posted by Bonnie Zebroski on Feb 20th 2023

    This is a well-researched excellent book about an important time in South Dakota history. A great book for anyone interested in "the good old days", believe me!

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