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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.
Photographed 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 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker

Battle of Canyon Creek Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Connor Olson, August 19, 2018
2. Battle of Canyon Creek Marker
Buttes where the Nez Perce sniped from
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, measured as the crow flies. Nez Perce National Historical Park (here, next to this marker); Aftermath of the Battle (here, next to this marker); Canyon Creek Battle (a few steps from this marker); Abraham and Carrie Erb Residence (approx. 7.4 miles away); North School's Bell (approx. 7˝ miles away); Chamber Log Cabin (approx. 7˝ miles away); Historical Downtown Laurel (approx. 7˝ miles away); The Battle at Canyon Creek (approx. 7˝ miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Laurel.
 
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 113 times since then and 29 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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May. 24, 2022