John Wild Bets the Black Hills Gold Rush - Set Off by Custer's Discovery of Gold There in 1864 - is a Bust

February 6, 1876

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John Wild Bets the Black Hills Gold Rush - Set Off by Custer's Discovery of Gold There in 1864 - is a Bust
Autograph Letter Signed
2 pages | SMC 1752

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      In this brief letter, enclosing photographs and a newspaper from Bismarck “to show you what excitement there is here about the Black Hills and Gold,” Wild makes a trenchant remark about the Black Hills Gold Rush - started when General George Custer reported a gold discovery in the summer of 1874 - then underway: “I bet good money” he says, that those flocking to find fortune “will be disappointed by going there.”


      Autograph Letter Signed, 2 pages, recto and verso, octavo, Fort Abraham Lincoln, Dakota Territory, February 6, 1876. To his brother William Wild in Buffalo, New York.
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