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Near Cody in Park County, Wyoming — The American West (Mountains)
 

One Last Mountain: The Nez Perce War

 
 
One Last Mountain: <i>The Nez Perce War</i> Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Barry Swackhamer, July 21, 2021
1. One Last Mountain: The Nez Perce War Marker
Inscription.  The ridge you are standing on was the last significant barrier for more than 600 Nez Perce Indians and their 2,000 horses as they fled the pursuing U.S. Cavalry. After the battle of the Big Hoel a month earlier, they drew knew the Army did not intend to leave any survivors. This became a "flight for their lives."
Now on the run for more than 60 days, they had hoped that by crossing this pass and reaching the plains they could join their old allies, the Crows, of hasten to join Sitting Bull in Canada. They began climbing to this point from the valley below. By this time, all were exhausted and heartbroken fro the long journey and aiding their sick and wounded. But they also knew that winter was closing in. It they could make it over this mountain fast enough, they just might escape the Army and regain their freedom.

Accounts tell us that the Nez Perce left a wounded warrior on this mountain. He was discovered and killed by Army scouts. Thus this site became known as "Dead Indian Pass."
 
Erected by Shoshone National Forest, U.S. Forest Service.
 
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in these topic lists: Native AmericansWars, US Indian. A significant historical date for this entry is September 9, 1877.
 
Location. 44° 44.609′ N, 109° 22.989′ W. Marker is near Cody, Wyoming, in Park County. Marker is on Dead Indian Hill Road (aka Crandall Road) (State Highway 296) near County Road 103, on the right when traveling west. The maker is at the Dead Indian Pass Overlook. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Cody WY 82414, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 3 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Military: The Nez Perce War (here, next to this marker); Diversion and Escape: The Nez Perce War (here, next to this marker); Dead Indian Hill Summit (a few steps from this marker).
 
Additional keywords. One Last Mountain: The Nez Perce War
 
One Last Mountain: <i>The Nez Perce War</i> Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Barry Swackhamer, July 21, 2021
2. One Last Mountain: The Nez Perce War Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on January 12, 2022. It was originally submitted on January 11, 2022, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 268 times since then and 19 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on January 11, 2022, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.

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