Near Preston in Franklin County, Idaho — The American West (Mountains)
Attack at Bia Ogoi
Massacre at Bear River
—The Largest Indian Massacre in the West —
Location. 42° 9.16′ N, 111° 54.437′ 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. California Volunteers March to the Bear River (here, next to this marker); Change and Conflict (a few steps from this marker); Shoshone Bear River Winter Home (a few steps from this marker); A Battle Becomes a Massacre (a few steps from this marker); The Earth Will Remember (a few steps from this marker); The Shoshone (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.
Also see . . .
1. History of the Bear River Massacre -- Lemhi-Shoshone. The NWB of Shoshone, comprising several bands, had close contact with the white settlers moving in the ever-growing tide of westward expansion. They found themselves in the unenviable position of being precisely where immigrants would pass on their way to the Pacific; that, combined with the critical perception people (Submitted on July 19, 2017, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.)
2. Patrick Connor and the Battle of Bear River -- HistoryNet. Connor arrived in Utah Territory in 1862 with about 750 volunteer troops from California and Nevada. Disgruntled when he did not get reassigned to lead Union forces in Civil War battles, the disconsolate Connor established a permanent U.S. Army post at Camp Douglas (later called Fort Douglas), at the foot of the Wasatch Range overlooking Salt Lake City. Connor liked the location because, to soothe his bruised feelings from his unwelcome assignment, he could keep an eye on the activities of the Mormons. (Submitted on July 19, 2017, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.)
3. Bear River Massacre -- Wikipedia. Brigham Young made the policy that Mormon settlers should establish friendly relations with the surrounding American Indian tribes. He encouraged their helping to "feed them rather than fight them". Despite the policy, the settlers were consuming significant food resources and taking over (Submitted on July 19, 2017, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.)
4. Indians at the Post Office, Native Themes in New Deal-Era Murals -- Smithsonian, Nat. Postal Museum. The Post Office in Preston, Idaho features a mural depicting one of the worst massacres of American Indian people in American history, the Bear River Massacre of 1863. Titled The Battle of Bear River, the mural was painted in 1941 by watercolor artist Edmond J. Fitzgerald... Fitzgerald’s mural remains as a graphic reminder of some of the violence perpetrated against American Indians in the United States. (Submitted on July 19, 2017, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.)
Categories. • Native Americans • Wars, US Indian •
Credits. This page was last revised on July 19, 2017. This page originally submitted on July 18, 2017, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 133 times since then and 28 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on July 18, 2017, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. 3, 4. submitted on July 19, 2017, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.