“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Enterprise in Wallowa County, Oregon — The American West (Northwest)

Nez Perce

Oregon History

Nez Perce Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, September 10, 2010
1. Nez Perce Marker
Inscription. Click to hear the inscription.  Wallowa Valley, summer homeland of the Joseph Band Nez Perce, was part of the expansive Nez Perce Reservation established by the treaty of 1855. Upon discovery of gold in the region, the U.S. eliminated the reservation in the Wallowas in 1863. The Joseph Band held on until 1877 when, under pressure from increasing white settlement, they were ordered to abandon their ancestral homeland. Violent conflict ensued as the Joseph Band joined other Nez Perce and Palouse bands on a historic 1,170 mile retreat. After five months of elusive flight, with his people exhausted, freezing and heavily outnumbered, Joseph in dignified surrender proclaimed: “From where the sun now stands I will fight no more forever.” With promises made by the generals at their surrender broken, the Nez Perce were never allowed to return home though Chief Joseph pleaded their case until his death in 1904.
Erected by State of Oregon.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Oregon Beaver Boards marker series.
Location. 45° 25.398′ N, 117° 
Nez Perce Marker image. Click for full size.
Google Street View (© 2014 Google), April 2012
2. Nez Perce Marker
View to southeast from State Route 82
17.831′ W. Marker is in Enterprise, Oregon, in Wallowa County. Marker is on Wallowa Lake Highway (Oregon Route 82) 0.1 miles east of Highland Avenue, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Enterprise OR 97828, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. 19 Dr. J.W. Barnard Drugs 08 (approx. 5.9 miles away); Iwetemlaykin State Heritage Site (approx. 6.6 miles away); Putting Down Roots (approx. 6.6 miles away); Salmon for Trade (approx. 6.6 miles away); "Only the sounds of the horses..." (approx. 6.6 miles away); tiwi∙teqis (Old Chief Joseph) (approx. 7 miles away); Chief "Old" Joseph (approx. 7 miles away); Wallowa Lake (approx. 7.1 miles away).
Also see . . .  Nez Perce War - Wikipedia entry. (Submitted on February 14, 2014.)
Categories. Native AmericansWars, US Indian
Wallowa Valley image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, September 10, 2010
3. Wallowa Valley
View to south from State Route 82 east of Enterprise
<i>Chief Joseph, Nez Percé</i> image. Click for full size.
De Lancey Gill (Photo courtesy of the Library of Congress), 1900
4. Chief Joseph, Nez Percé
Credits. This page was last revised on February 11, 2018. This page originally submitted on February 14, 2014, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page has been viewed 351 times since then and 39 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on February 14, 2014, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas.   4. submitted on February 11, 2018.
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