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Circleville in Piute County, Utah — The American Mountains (Southwest)
 

To the Memory of the Koosharem Band Paiute Indian Tribe of Utah

 
 
East side of marker image. Click for full size.
By Jacob Oscarson, July 26, 2020
1. East side of marker
Inscription.  
Front of monument:

Massacred by local Mormon Settlers April 22–24, 1866
during Utah's Black Hawk War (1865–1872)

In remembrance of the innocent who were lost in this place so long ago. None of us can ever hope to describe the emotions that these people might have felt. All we can do is honor their existence as human beings.

Koosharem Band of Paiutes

Dedicated April 22, 2016

Backside of monument:

Paiute Oral Tradition
Circleville Massacre
There used to be a big old log house in Circleville, Utah, beside the road where it curves near where the potato cellars are. Years ago the white men at Circleville locked up in that house all the Indians who were living nearby and told them they were going to cut their throats. They began doing this by taking them outside one at a time and cutting their throats.

There were two young men inside who decided they were going to escape. One said to the other, "We will have to dash through them and run just as they open the door." They did this and ran through the white men who were gathered

West side of marker image. Click for full size.
By Jacob Oscarson, July 26, 2020
2. West side of marker
all around, some on horseback. They ran toward the cemetery on the hill to the north. And as they were going over it, one of the pursuing white men on horseback shot one of the Indians in his side by his ribs but it was only a flesh wound. From there they ran up into the mountains and then the wounded Indian put some Indian medicine on this wound and wrapped it in part of his shirt. The white men didn't follow them far, so from there they went on over to Parowan or Beaver.

As told by
Jimmy Timmican, Koosharem band
(~1895–1972)
who heard this story from Walker Ammon
(~1854–1920)
son of Chief Walker
(~1815–1855)

 
Erected 2016.
 
Topics. This memorial is listed in these topic lists: Native AmericansSettlements & SettlersWars, US Indian.
 
Location. 38° 10.319′ N, 112° 16.194′ W. Marker is in Circleville, Utah, in Piute County. Memorial is on U.S. 89, on the left when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Circleville UT 84723, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 3 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Circleville Massacre (here, next to this marker); Circleville (within shouting distance of this marker); Piute County Courthouse (approx. 5.3 miles away).
 
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General view image. Click for full size.
By Jacob Oscarson, July 26, 2020
3. General view
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Credits. This page was last revised on August 3, 2020. It was originally submitted on August 1, 2020, by Jacob Oscarson of Salt Lake City, Utah. This page has been viewed 63 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on August 1, 2020, by Jacob Oscarson of Salt Lake City, Utah. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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