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Time Team America 2009


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Fort James
Time Team America Members Uncover a Corner of Fort James, South Dakota

PBS’ TIME TEAM AMERICA excavates the corner of a frontier fort built by the U.S. Cavalry in 1865 to protect settlers in what is now South Dakota.

Photo Credit: Doug Brazil
Fort James, near Mitchell, South Dakota, was established in 1865, as an outpost to protect European American settlers on the leading edge of settlement in the early years of the Plains Indian Wars (1862-1891). Decommissioned in 1866 and burned to the ground in 1868, Fort James was not involved in any battles at all. On August 5th, 2009, PBS airs a Time Team America segment focused on the site, its history and some preliminary investigations.

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