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The Frank Finkel Story

Did Dayton pioneer survive the Battle of the Little Bighorn?


March 12, 2020

-Chronicle photo by Loyal Baker

This painting hangs in the Custer Battlefield Interpretive Center near Crow Agency, Montana. The late Frank Finkel, one of Dayton's early pioneers, contended that he was a survivor–perhaps the only survivor–of General George Armstrong Custer's 7th Cavalry.

By Gary Lentz

Retired Ranger

Lewis and Clark Trail State Park

Special to the Dayton Chronicle

DAYTON–Was the late Frank Finkel, who arrived in Dayton in 1878, two years after the infamous "Custer's Last Stand," actually a survivor of the battle? That topic was the subject of a talk given by retired park ranger Gary Lentz at the Blue Mountain Heritage Society's 12th Annual Ground Hog Dinner f...

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