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Near Upper Lake in Lake County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

Bloody Island (Bo-no-po-ti)

 
 
Bloody Island (Bo-no-po-ti) Marker image. Click for full size.
By Karen Key, September 17, 2006
1. Bloody Island (Bo-no-po-ti) Marker
Inscription.  One-fourth mile west is the island called Bo-no-po-ti (Old Island), now Bloody Island. It was a place for native gatherings until May 15, 1850. On that date, a regiment of the 1st Dragoons of the U.S. Cavalry, commanded by Capt. Nathaniel Lyon and Lt. J.W. Davidson, massacred nearly the entire native population of the island. Most were women and children. This act was in reprisal for the killing of Andrew Kelsey and Charles Stone who had long enslaved, brutalized, and starved indigenous people in the area. The island, now a hill surrounded by reclaimed land, remains a sacred testament to this sacrifice of innocents.

California Registered Historical Landmark No. 427. Plaque placed by the State Department of Parks and Recreation in cooperation with the Lucy Moore Foundation, California Department of Transportation, and United States Forest Service, May 15, 2005.
 
Erected 2005 by State Department of Parks and Recreation in cooperation with the Lucy Moore Foundation, California Department of Transportation, and United States Forest Service. (Marker Number 427.)
 
Topics and series.
Bloody Island (Bo-no-po-ti) Marker image. Click for full size.
By Karen Key, September 17, 2006
2. Bloody Island (Bo-no-po-ti) Marker
This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Native Americans. In addition, it is included in the California Historical Landmark series list.
 
Location. 39° 8.974′ N, 122° 53.288′ W. Marker is near Upper Lake, California, in Lake County. Marker is at the intersection of Highway 20 and Reclamation Road, on the right when traveling south on Highway 20. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Clearlake CA 95422, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 5 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Clear Lake Habitat (within shouting distance of this marker); The Pomo (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Bloody Island (approx. 0.3 miles away); The Old Gas Station (approx. 1.6 miles away); Drug and Prescription Store (approx. 1.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Upper Lake.
 
Also see . . .  Bloody Island. (Submitted on September 24, 2006, by Karen Key of Sacramento, California.)
 
Marker with California poppies blooming in the spring time image. Click for full size.
By Karen Key, April 27, 2007
3. Marker with California poppies blooming in the spring time
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 14, 2019. It was originally submitted on September 24, 2006, by Karen Key of Sacramento, California. This page has been viewed 11,598 times since then and 330 times this year. Last updated on June 18, 2007, by Karen Key of Sacramento, California. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on September 24, 2006, by Karen Key of Sacramento, California.   3. submitted on May 29, 2007, by Karen Key of Sacramento, California. • J. J. Prats was the editor who published this page.
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