Near Middleton in Canyon County, Idaho — The American West (Mountains)
The Ward Massacre
Military retaliation for the slaughter so enraged the Indians that Hudson's Bay Co. posts Fort Boise and Fort Hall had to be abandoned, and the Oregon Trail became unsafe without army escort. Eight years of Indian terror followed. Finally the 1862 gold rush brought powerful forces, civilian and military, that gradually subdued the tribes.
Erected by Idaho Historical Society. (Marker Number 75.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Native Americans • Settlements & Settlers • Wars, US Indian. In addition, it is included in the Idaho State Historical Society, and the Oregon Trail series lists. A significant historical year for this entry is 1854.
Location. 43° 40.618′ N, 116° 36.518′ W. Marker is near Middleton, Idaho, in Canyon County. Marker is on Lincoln Road 0.2 miles east of Middleton Road, on the left when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Caldwell ID 83605, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 milesTo the Memory of the Pioneers (within shouting distance of this marker); Violence is Avenged (within shouting distance of this marker); Peaceful Trading Turns Hostile (within shouting distance of this marker); Hostility Erupts Into Violence (within shouting distance of this marker); Idaho's First Heroine - Madame Marie Dorion (approx. 3.9 miles away); A.K. Steunenberg / Frank Steunenberg (approx. 4 miles away); Caldwell Train Depot (approx. 4 miles away); Emigrant Crossing (approx. 4.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Middleton.
More about this marker. This marker has been moved to stand near Ward Memorial State Park, a site dedicated to the victims of the massacre.
1. I am a descendent of survivor William M Ward
I have heard about the Ward Massacre all my life, saw family photos of William and his brother Newton. I also saw the original newspaper articles from the dedication of the site and marker. William died in Yountville, California in the Veterans home there in 1922. Just this week I received jpg files of his original memoirs, that he dictated to someone. The first time I saw them was in 1969 when they were given to my grandmother. I remember they were rolled in a leather cover with rawhide string. My grandmother, mother and I, sat on the bed and rolled them out very gently. The paper was brittle and golden brown. We sat for hours trying
— Submitted August 16, 2012, by Kari Lemons of Mountain View, California.
Additional keywords. Oregon Trail, Fort Boise, Fort Hall
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on September 9, 2009, by Rebecca Maxwell of Boise, Idaho. This page has been viewed 6,523 times since then and 228 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on September 9, 2009, by Rebecca Maxwell of Boise, Idaho. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.