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Enterprise in Wallowa County, Oregon — The American West (Northwest)
 

Nez Perce

Oregon History

 
 
Nez Perce Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, September 10, 2010
1. Nez Perce Marker
Inscription. Wallowa Valley, summer homeland of the Joseph Band Nez Perce, was part of the expansive Nez Perce Reservation established by the treaty of 1855. Upon discovery of gold in the region, the U.S. eliminated the reservation in the Wallowas in 1863. The Joseph Band held on until 1877 when, under pressure from increasing white settlement, they were ordered to abandon their ancestral homeland. Violent conflict ensued as the Joseph Band joined other Nez Perce and Palouse bands on a historic 1,170 mile retreat. After five months of elusive flight, with his people exhausted, freezing and heavily outnumbered, Joseph in dignified surrender proclaimed: “From where the sun now stands I will fight no more forever.” With promises made by the generals at their surrender broken, the Nez Perce were never allowed to return home though Chief Joseph pleaded their case until his death in 1904.
 
Erected by State of Oregon.
 
Location. 45° 25.398′ N, 117° 17.831′ W. Marker is in Enterprise, Oregon, in Wallowa County. Marker is on Wallowa Lake Highway (Oregon Route 82) 0.1 miles east of Highland Avenue, on the right when traveling east. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Enterprise OR 97828, United States of America.
 
Also see . . .
Nez Perce Marker image. Click for full size.
Google Street View ( 2014 Google), April 2012
2. Nez Perce Marker
View to southeast from State Route 82
 Nez Perce War - Wikipedia entry. (Submitted on February 14, 2014.)
 
Categories. Native AmericansWars, US Indian
 
Wallowa Valley image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, September 10, 2010
3. Wallowa Valley
View to south from State Route 82 east of Enterprise
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page has been viewed 269 times since then and 2 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
 
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