Department of Wildlife and Fisheries
This publication has several purposes. It compares the present landscape with that at the time of the Custer expedition by means of new and old photographs. Selected photographs taken by the expedition photographer William Illingworth reveal the forest under the sole influence of natural forces. A 1975 series of low-altitude helicopter photographs serves as a guide over the expedition route and shows the forest as it exists today.
Another purpose is to identify several 1874 photo sites, not discovered earlier and or documented in " Yellow Ore, Yellow Hair, Yellow Pine,"1 a 1974 account of the Black Hills expedition by the South Dakota State University Agricultural Experiment Station.
Perhaps the main purpose is to sketch a sequence of land-use and forest-management practice changes with resulting ecological changes beginning with the 1 8 74 expedition. The heyday of mining continued into the 1900's and past the establishment of the Black Hills National Forest. By the 1970's a significantly greater and varying demands on forest resources occurred. In a sense, this publication is a thumbnail review of activities on the Black Hills National Forest since Custer and his command passed through it more than a century ago.
General George A. Custer, Black Hills Expedition photo comparisons
South Dakota Agricultural Experiment Station, South Dakota State University
Progluske, D. R. and Shideler, F. J., "Following Custer" (1983). Research Bulletins of the South Dakota Agricultural Experiment Station (1887-2011). 679.