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Near Chinook in Blaine County, Montana — The American West (Mountains)
 

ćáynim?a•lika?spe

Bear Paw Battlefield Trail

 
 
<i> ćáynim?a•lika?spe</i> Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 15, 2019
1. ćáynim?a•lika?spe Marker
Caption: (trail map at upper right) The 1.25-mile trail crosses the Nez Perce camp and siege defenses, loops around to the site of the initial attack, and returns pas the place of surrender. Start your walk clockwise, to the left.
Inscription.  For the exhausted Nez Perce, this site, known to them as ćáynim?a•lika?spe (Place of Manure Fire), appeared to be a good place to rest before continuing to Canada. Then a large force of U.S. soldiers surprised them from the east. After the Nez Perce blocked the initial attack of September 30th, the battle became a six-day siege, with sniper's bullets and artillery fire. This landscape looks much as it did in 1877. Picture it as cold and snowing, which added to the suffering. As you walk, study the terrain and its role in the fighting, the nominal shelter it offered Nez Perce families, and ponder this place as the end of a four-month struggle.

People died here. Please stay on the trail to help respect this sacred ground. Do not disturb any commemorative objects you may encounter.
 
Erected by National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the The Nez Perce Trail marker series.
 
Location. 48° 22.676′ N, 109° 12.724′ W. Marker
<i> ćáynim?a•lika?spe</i> Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 15, 2019
2. ćáynim?a•lika?spe Marker
The marker is on the right.
is near Chinook, Montana, in Blaine County. Marker is on Cleveland Road (County Road 240) near S-B Road, on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Chinook MT 59523, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Last Battle (here, next to this marker); Nez Perce National Historical Park (here, next to this marker); Bear Paw Battlefield (here, next to this marker); Bear's Paw Battleground (here, next to this marker); Surrender of Chief Joseph (a few steps from this marker); Nez Perce Encampment (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Chief Joseph's Surrender (about 700 feet away); Soldier Burials (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Chinook.
 
More about this marker. This markers is located near the Bear Paw Battlefield parking lot.
 
Categories. Native AmericansWars, US Indian
 

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Credits. This page was last revised on November 21, 2019. This page originally submitted on November 21, 2019, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 48 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on November 21, 2019, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.
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