Parma in Canyon County, Idaho — The American West (Mountains)
She and her two infant children were sole survivors of a mid-January Bannock Indian clash at John Reid's fur trade post 6 miles west of here. So they had to set out with two horses on a 200-mile retreat through deep mountain snow. Finally a Columbia River band of Walla Walla Indians rescued them in April.
Erected by Idaho Historical Society. (Marker Number 78.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Idaho State Historical Society marker series.
Location. 43° 46.787′ N, 116° 55.944′ W. Marker is in Parma, Idaho, in Canyon County. Marker is on Parma Road 0 miles from Parma Road, on the left when traveling west. Touch for map. Located close to the Old Fort Boise Replica at the east entrance to the city. Marker is in this post office area: Parma ID 83660, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. Old Fort Boise (here, next to this marker); Lower Boise (approx. 7.7 miles away).
Regarding Marie Dorion. Marie Dorian was the wife of a Canadian half-breed interpreter, Pierre Dorion. She was wintering in a cabin near Parma in January 1814 when word came that nearby Indians were on the warpath. Marie and her two children alone escaped and fled westward. They swam icy rivers, trudged across snow deserts, and climbed up canyons. After three months and nearly starving, they were rescued by friendly Walla Walla Indians. They finished their journey in an act of courage and endurance.
Also see . . . Pierre Dorion Sr. and Decendants. 2002 monograph by Rarihokwats. The story of Pierre Jr. and Marie begins on page 16. Excerpt from page 18:
“On the evening of 10 January 1814, Marie Dorion was preparing dinner at a Pacific Fur Company trading post when a friend arrived with alarming news: A band of Bannock Indians had plundered a nearby fur-trapping camp and was heading for the camp of Marie’s husband, Pierre, and his three partners.
(Submitted on January 22, 2012, by Rarihokwats of Ottawa,, Ontario, Canada.)
Categories. • Native Americans •
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