Near Chinook in Blaine County, Montana — The American West (Mountains)
No Place to Hide
As the initial attack turned into a six-day siege, the army began bombarding the Nez Perce camp with artillery. These open plains offered little natural protection. Here in this coulee, women and children used knives, pots, pans, and digging sticks to try to dig shallow caves in the hillside. Rain turned to snow, and the ground froze. By themselves, the Nez Perce warriors might have fought their way out. With families to protect, they were forced to make other decisions.
The battlefield is a cemetery for the men, women, and children killed here and should be accorded the respect of a sacred burial ground.
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° 22.797′ N, 109° 12.523′ W. Marker is near Chinook, Montana, in Blaine County 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. Brave Warriors Chief Joseph's Band (a few steps from this marker); McWhorter Stakes (a few steps from this marker); Nez Perce Encampment (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); We will stand our ground! (approx. 0.2 miles away); Bear's Paw Battleground (approx. 0.2 miles away); Surrender of Chief Joseph (approx. 0.2 miles away); Last Battle (approx. 0.2 miles away); ćáynim?a•lika?spe (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Chinook.
More about this marker. This marker is located on the Bear Paw Battlefield Trail. The trail is a loop, about 1 1/4 miles long, starting at the Bear Paw Battlefield parking lot.
Categories. • Native Americans • Wars, US Indian •
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Credits. This page was last revised on November 22, 2019. This page originally submitted on November 22, 2019, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 49 times since then and 2 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on November 22, 2019, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.