When General George A. Custer led an expedition into the Black Hills in 1874,
the very first photos of the Black Hills were taken
by the one photographer WIlliam H. Illingworth.
On Sunday, Dede and I had the unique opportunity
to spend the day with Paul Horsted of Custer, SD.
Paul is best known for his photographs of the Black Hills today
from the same locations as the Illingworth photos.
His photos are featured in the book he and Ernest Grafe put together:
Exploring with Custer: The 1874 Black Hills Expedition.
I have always been fascinated with maps,
so this was a highlight of the Shootout.
Fascinating how the same rock formations
and dead trees are still in the same place
over 130 years later.
My thoughts turned to my dad
thinking how much he would enjoy this
and also to
my grandfather who passed away in 1988.
Apparently my map fascination
was something that we shared.
My Aunts: Janet, Linda & Kay
would have enjoyed it too . . .
Our surprise at the top of an outcropping of rocks
that overlooked the location of the expedition's permanent camp
was a carving of "GC" and below that "US 74"
believed to be authentic, carved at the time of the 1874 Expedition.
What a unique opportunity
to take pictures of the same sites
of the very first photographs of
the Black Hills!
for prints and books from Paul Horsted.