Grangeville in Idaho County, Idaho — The American West (Mountains)
In 1877, Tolo lived with her sisters and two daughters in the settlement at Slate Creek where she was loved and respected by everyone. When word came of a possible Nez Perce uprising, Tolo traveled 28 miles to Florence to warn her friends. Riding all night over a rugged trail, and returned to Slate Creek the next day with help for the settlers.
The Slate Creek settlers believed that Tolo’s efforts discouraged an attack on the stockade. In appreciation, Tolo was allotted land off the reservation. Later, a small lake on the Camas Prairie, where the Nez Perce camped and held powwows, was named Tolo Lake in her honor.
The War of 1877
The summer of 1877 was the last time Chief Joseph would lead his band across the Camas Prairie. He and several hundred men, women and children had been driven from their
The Battle at White Bird
Wahlitits, a young Nez Perce man taunted into avenging the death of his father, enlisted two other young men to fire the first shots on several Salmon River settlers on June 13, 1877. The battle at White Bird ensued, and 34 U.S. Army soldiers and two volunteers were killed. There were no casualties among the Nez Perce.
Other skirmishes in this area - in Cottonwood, Clearwater, and Kamiah - resulted in many deaths on both sides. The battles and the great loss of life continued for several months over many miles. At the Bear Paw battlefield of Montana, 40 miles from freedom in Canada, Chief Joseph spoke his words of surrender on October 4, 1877:
“The old men are all dead. The little children are freezing to death... Hear me, my chiefs - my heart is sick and sad. From where the sun now stands I will fight no more forever.”
Erected by Northwest Passage Scenic Byway and All-American Road.
Location. 45° 55.94′ N, 116° 7.912′ W. Marker is in Grangeville, Idaho, in Idaho County . Marker is on Pine Street near U.S. 95. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 285 Pine Street, Grangeville ID 83530, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Eimers Legacy (a few steps from this marker); The Camas Connection (a few steps from this marker); Home on the Grange (a few steps from this marker); Gold Pans and Whipsaws (a few steps from this marker); The Camas Prairie Mammoth (within shouting distance of this marker); A Mammoth Discovery (within shouting distance of this marker); The ADVANCE Steam Traction Engine (approx. 0.6 miles away); Mount Idaho (approx. 3.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Grangeville.
More about this marker. This marker is located in Eimers Park.
Categories. • Native Americans • Wars, US Indian • Women •
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Credits. This page was last revised on October 18, 2019. This page originally submitted on October 18, 2019, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 52 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on October 18, 2019, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.