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Thoen Stone, SD

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Difficulty 1 of 5
Route Finding 1 of 5
Distance Round Trip 1 mile
Trailhead Elevation 3,752 feet
Elevation Gain 190 feet
Accumulated Gain 190 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 1 hour
Kokopelli Seeds 1.95
Interest Historic
Backpack No
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Author AZLOT69
author avatar Guides 175
Routes 247
Photos 7,884
Trips 1,914 map ( 16,193 miles )
Age 70 Male Gender
Location Gold Canyon, AZ
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Preferred   May, Jun, Jul, Aug → 9 AM
Seasons   Spring to Autumn
Sun  5:11am - 8:44pm
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Keep Your Head Down
by AZLOT69

Likely In-Season!
In 1887 Louis Thoen discovered an inscription stone in Spearfish, South Dakota on Lookout Mountain.

It read: Came to these hills in 1833 seven of us
Ezra Kind
G.W. Wood
T. Brown
R. Kent
Wm. King
Indian Crow
All dead but me, Ezra Kind. Killed by [Indians] beyond the high hill. Got our gold June 1834.

The inscription continues on the back and reads:

Got all the gold we could carry. Our ponies all got by the Indians. I have lost my gun and nothing to eat and Indians hunting me.

With that in mind start the hike on an old use road heading towards Oak Hills Ranch. Its all uphill but not difficult and straight forward. When you spot the entrance to the ranch take the path to the left. You'll arrive at a memorial which has been inscribed in the exact language of the original stone with Lookout Mountain in the distance. The original stone is on display at the Adams Museum in Deadwood, South Dakota. After contemplating the situation these individuals encountered return the way you came.

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2019-05-30 AZLOT69
    WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.

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    Map Drive
    Paved - Car Okay

    To hike
    I-90 exit 12 Spearfish, turn west on Jackson Blvd. Proceed about two miles thru town to St Joe street. Turn left and take it to the end which is about 3/4 mile. This is your trailhead.
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