Near Wayan in Caribou County, Idaho — The American West (Mountains)
An Iroquois leader -- he also explored Grey's River nearby in Wyoming. Aside from his trapping skills, he was noted for his unusual aptitude in fighting grizzly bears. After trapping in this country for 20 years, he retired with is Iroquois band in 1836 to help found Kansas City, Missouri
Erected by Idaho Department of Transportation. (Marker Number 362.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Idaho State Historical Society marker series.
Location. 42° 58.604′ N, 111° 22.639′ W. Marker is near Wayan, Idaho, in Caribou County. Marker is on Wayan Loop Road (State Highway 34) near Wayan Loop Road, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 3956 Wayan Loop Road, Wayan ID 83285, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 5 other markers are within 15 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Cariboo Mountain (within shouting distance of this marker); Grays Lake Valley (within shouting distance of this marker); Henry-Chester Country Store (approx. Tincup Creek (approx. 9.6 miles away); China Hat Geological Site (approx. 14.3 miles away).
Also see . . .
1. John Gray and Ignace Hatchiorauquasha -- Goldfields. Gray was half Scottish and half Iroquois, a St. Regis Mohawk, born around 1795 in upstate New York...Gray entered the fur trade sometime around 1818, about the same time that he married his wife Marienne, also a Mohawk. He was active in the fur trade for the next 25 years or so... after which he retired to his home in Kansas City, Missouri. He was killed in 1848 in a dispute with a neighbor. (Submitted on July 23, 2017, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.)
2. Iroquois Fur Trade in Idaho -- Idaho Historical Society. North West Company fur traders, operating in Idaho from remote bases in Montreal and Fort William, brought out a remarkable variety of trappers from distant lands. These included Abanakee and Iroquois Indians from Quebec, other Indians from Ontario, Crees from northern Canada, and Hawaiians from a very different South Pacific climate. By 1820, about a third of those who hunted fur in Pacific Northwest beaver streams were Iroquois. (Submitted on July 23, 2017, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.)
Categories. • Exploration • Native Americans •
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