MAJOR JAMES WHITEHEAD GRAVE


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Custer State Park is one of the largest state parks in the United States. Long before it became a park it was the goal of many settlers and much Homesteading. The Southwest part was so heavily settled it was known as the Bakerville area. Of all the people that came to the Custer State Park area during these early years only three remain. The graves of Major James A. Whitehead, an infant of the Mann family and Dr. Alvin Herbert. can still be seen today.

Major Whitehead homesteaded his place along French Creek in 1876 along with his daughter Harriet Whitehead Hazen who homesteaded the quarter section to the SE of her father. Upon the death of her father in 1899 she had a bronze marker placed on a boulder at the old homestead site to note her fathers burial there. The gravesite is in the area of the Horse Camp.

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Decimal Degrees: 43.7169500, -103.4535500

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