Keep Your Head Down
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
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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