20 [Dakota] March & Stephenson, Props., Sidney & Black Hills Stage Line. BLACK HILLS! VIA SIDNEY. Shortest & Quickest Route to the New Gold Fields. Omaha: Republican Steam Print, Feb. 1, 1877. Folio broadside, 22 x 9¼ inches, housed in stiff mylar sleeve, fine condition. Inset map: Map of the Black Hills Route, via the Union Pacific R.R., 3½ x 8 inches.
Highly important Black Hills gold rush stage-coach broadside. Patrons are informed that ‘Concord Coaches’ of the Sidney & Black Hills Stage line would be making the run from Sidney, Nebraska (closest train stop) to Deadwood, with stops at Red
Cloud Agency, Custer City, Rapid City, Crook City and Deadwood. First class fares were in the stage; second class were in covered wagon, and third class (cheapest) were in
freight wagons. The broadside notes that this company had the fastest stages “over good roads with ranches ten to fifteen miles and MILITARY PROTECTION.” The last was a good thing to mention, since the Custer Massacre was only some six months previously. No auction records or sales in the antiquarian trade for this broadside. Streeter Sale 2064 had a Black Hills broadside, but it was for the U.P. R.R., and not for a stage-coach line. No copies located on OCLC (and only two, Princeton & Newberry, for the Streeter Sale railroad broadside). Rare.