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Ibapah in Tooele County, Utah — The American Mountains (Southwest)

Goshute Tribe

Goshute Tribe Marker image. Click for full size.
June 9, 2014
1. Goshute Tribe Marker
Goshute people were one band of many Shoshone Indians
living in the Great Basin Region

The term "Gosiute" means "Kusiutta" describing their original dusty, well-traveled look. Goshute people inhabited the lush riparian areas of the region including Deep Creek Valley long before the coming of settlers. Other tribes conducted raids on the Goshutes to acquire slaves for trade, which contributed to the depiction of the Goshute's deprived state.

In this environment, Goshutes were resourceful and cunning. Living in small family groups, they ate berries, pinenuts, pickleweed, insects and small game, and lived in roofless, brush windbreaks or cedar bow wikiups. Clothing was scarce, consisting of fur pelts made into capes, breech cloths, leggings or moccasins, and woven fiber skirts for the women. By the 1860's, the Goshutes were seriously threatened by an influx of settlers which diminished their food resources. The Indians eventually adapted many of the white man's ways on government and church farms established to teach them. A Goshute reservation and school was established in Deep Creek Valley
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in 1914. Today, the Goshutes have tribal government promoting various forms of industry.

Early Goshute heads of families - Chief Antelope Jack, Annie's Tommy, Wes Johnson, Wilson Bonnemont, Alex Clover, Commodore, Tommy Muggins, Johnny Pete, Webb Pete, Johnny Syme, Trim Thicket, Egan Jack, Sleepy Jim, Tom Egan, Dick Egan, Joe Lucky, Chief White Horse, Chief Tonobuka, Fish Springs Charlie and Joe Trim.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Native Americans. A significant historical year for this entry is 1914.
Location. 40° 2.255′ N, 113° 59.03′ W. Marker is in Ibapah, Utah, in Tooele County. Marker is at the intersection of BIA Highway (Highway 1) and Old Lincoln Highway, on the right when traveling south on BIA Highway. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Ibapah UT 84034, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on June 10, 2014. This page has been viewed 740 times since then and 5 times this year. Photo   1. submitted on June 10, 2014. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
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