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Near Laurel in Yellowstone County, Montana — The American West (Mountains)
 

Battle of Canyon Creek

September 13, 1877

 
 
Battle of Canyon Creek Marker image. Click for full size.
By Connor Olson, August 19, 2018
1. Battle of Canyon Creek Marker
Inscription.  In the distance the US Army troops were approaching at a gallop in pursuit of the Nez Perce. After fleeing for 26 miles, the Nez Perce chose this place to make a stand because of the canyon mouth offering natural defenses. Positioned high on the slopes and on top of both buttes, Indian snipers kept the soldiers pinned down while the women, children, and elders escaped up the draw.

The Nez Perce were familiar with this traditional route up to the Buffalo plains. Once again during their three-month-long flight they are able to use knowledge of the terrain and accurate marksmanship to hamper the army’s pursuit. Yet the Nez Perce remained on the run.
 
Erected by USDI National Park Service.
 
Topics. This memorial is listed in this topic list: Wars, US Indian.
 
Location. 45° 46.545′ N, 108° 47.759′ W. Marker is near Laurel, Montana, in Yellowstone County. Memorial is at the intersection of Lipp Road and Buffalo Trail Road, on the right when traveling north on Lipp Road. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Laurel MT 59044, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 3 other markers

Battle of Canyon Creek Marker image. Click for full size.
By Connor Olson, August 19, 2018
2. Battle of Canyon Creek Marker
Buttes where the Nez Perce sniped from
are within 10 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Nez Perce National Historical Park (here, next to this marker); Aftermath of the Battle (here, next to this marker); Along the Zimmerman Trail (approx. 9.4 miles away).
 
Also see . . .  Visit Canyon Creek. (Submitted on August 2, 2020, by Connor Olson of Lemmon, South Dakota.)
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 3, 2020. It was originally submitted on July 30, 2020, by Connor Olson of Lemmon, South Dakota. This page has been viewed 62 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on July 30, 2020, by Connor Olson of Lemmon, South Dakota. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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