Visual display of the Black Hills (Packet, 1877-1884)

Black Hills (Packet, 1877-1884)

  • May 1881
  • BOAT DESCRIPTION: Sternwheel
  • BOAT TYPE: Packet
  • BUILT: Hull built at California, Pennsylvania and boat completed at Pittsburgh in 1877
  • FINAL DISPOSITION: Cut down by ice March 28, 1884 at Bismarck, North Dakota
  • OWNERS: 50% Captain Timothy B. Burleigh from Yankton, Dakota Territory; 25% Thomas M. Rees; 25% J.C. McVay; 1882?: Block P Line
  • OFFICERS & CREW: Captain Timothy B. Burleigh (first master); William Gordon and Jim Witten (pilots); 1883: Captain Josephus Todd
  • RIVERS: Missouri River
  • OTHER INFORMATION: Ways - 0636; She operated in the Block P Line with the first arrival at Fort Benton in 1882. On June 27, 1883 under Captain Josephus Todd she unloaded freight at Fort Benton in 14 hours and lit out for Bismarck where she arrived 2 days, 22 hours later. A record. Her round trip time Bismarck to Fort Benton and back was 13 days, 23 hours, another record. On this trip she was electrically lighted, the first at Fort Benton. At some point during her career, the U.S. Army leased her to transport Indians who had surrendered at Fort Keogh, near Miles City, Montana to the Standing Rock Reservation. While wintering at Bismarck on March 28, 1884, the Black Hills and the W.J. Behan were cut down by ice and lost
  • PHOTO DESCRIPTION: The Black Hills, Butte and wrecked buildings at Yankton, Dakota Territory in May, 1881. A postcard from the E. & T. High Water View Series of 1880-81
  • Black Hills (A)


Other title
  • Butte
Elmer & Tenny
  • May 1881
  • Winona Minnesota: Elmer & Tenney
Local identifier
  • Neg. 50188
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