Near Preston in Franklin County, Idaho — The American West (Mountains)
Shoshone Bear River Winter Home
Massacre at Bear River
—Mo-so-da Kahni, “Home of the Lungs” —
The Bear River -- called Bia Ogoi or Big River by the Shoshone people -- runs west and south through this semiarid valley, eventually emptying into the Great Salt Lake. The river and its many tributaries create diverse natural habitats, from mountain forests to valley grasslands to wetlands, providing a wide range of plant and animal species.
The site above was used by the Shoshone Indians as a winter home. It lies at the north end of the Cache Valley, a fertile swath of land that runs south into the Utah and is surrounded by 8,000-foot mountain ranges. Shoshone people called the area Mo-so-da Kahni, "Home of the Lungs." The geothermal activity and numerous hot springs here provided physical and spiritual rejuvenation for Shoshone families who used this site. One of those hot springs is located just southwest of here. (Marker Number 2.)
Location. 42° 9.162′ N, 111° 54.424′ W. Marker is near Preston, Idaho, in Franklin County. Marker can be reached from U.S. 91 near Hot Springs Road, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2942 U.S. Highway 91, Preston ID 83263, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Change and Conflict California Volunteers March to the Bear River (a few steps from this marker); Attack at Bia Ogoi (a few steps from this marker); The Shoshone (within shouting distance of this marker); A Battle Becomes a Massacre (within shouting distance of this marker); The Earth Will Remember (within shouting distance of this marker); Utah & Northern Railway (approx. 0.8 miles away); Bear River Massacre (approx. 0.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Preston.
More about this marker. The Bear River Massacre Interpretive Site is located on a hilltop overlooking the site of the massacre.
Categories. • Native Americans • Wars, US Indian •
Credits. This page was last revised on July 18, 2017. This page originally submitted on July 18, 2017, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 101 times since then and 17 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on July 18, 2017, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.