Caldwell in Canyon County, Idaho — The American West (Mountains)
Idaho's First Heroine - Madame Marie Dorion
Upon reaching the remote trapping camp, Marie found a nearly dead Giles LeClerc. From him she learned her warning arrived too late to save the group. This resulted in her becoming the first known widow of a European spouse in the area destined to become Idaho. The Dorion Woman was the name first used by historian Washington Irving to describe this heroine for many years. When LeClerc died the Dorion Woman returned to the Caldwell camp where she discovered Reed and his men dead, leaving her and her children as
Until her rescue in April near present day Hilgard, Oregon, Marie Dorion's determination to save her children lead her on a 200-mile flight across the Blue Mountains of Oregon in the dead of winter. Rescue came days after she spied a campfire in the distance. She hid her children until she ascertained the presence of friendly Walla Walla Indians. These rescuers were able to locate her children by following her route observing she crawled across the snow and ice in her desperate attempt to save her children's lives. Her survival tale, under indescribable odds remains the greatest example of a woman's courage and perseverance recorded in annals of western American history.
Erected 2010 by anyon County Historical Society, Our Memories Indian Creek Museum, E Clampus Vitus, Snake River Chapter No. 1811.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Heroes • Native Americans • Women. In addition, it is included in the E Clampus Vitus series list.
Location. 43° 39.804′ N, 116° 41.004′ W. Marker is in Caldwell, Idaho, in Canyon County. Marker is on Main Street near Avenue, on the left when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1122 Main Street, Caldwell ID 83605, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are A.K. Steunenberg / Frank Steunenberg (approx. 0.3 miles away); Caldwell Train Depot (approx. 0.4 miles away); Emigrant Crossing (approx. 1.7 miles away); Peaceful Trading Turns Hostile (approx. 3.8 miles away); Hostility Erupts Into Violence (approx. 3.8 miles away); To the Memory of the Pioneers (approx. 3.8 miles away); Violence is Avenged (approx. 3.8 miles away); The Ward Massacre (approx. 3.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Caldwell.
More about this marker. The marker is on the left side of the Our Memories Indian Creek Museum building.
Credits. This page was last revised on June 25, 2018. It was originally submitted on June 25, 2018, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 145 times since then and 42 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on June 25, 2018, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.