Laramie in Albany County, Wyoming — The American West (Mountains)
Tradition holds that Washakie was gifted with the ability to foresee the future and work out the destiny of his people to the best possible advantage. He rose to a position of leadership in 1840, bringing together disparate groups of Shoshone warriors. With immigrants pressing along the eastern slope of the Rockies through traditional Shoshone hunting grounds, Washakie sensed that the tide of the White Man could not be stemmed. He believed that if the Shoshone were to retain their lands, they would need to make peace with the immigrants, and he convinced his own people and the U.S. government of the need for a protected Shoshone territory.
On July 2, 1868, Washakie signed the Fort Bridger Treaty, establishing a three-million-acre reservation in Wyoming's stunningly beautiful Wind River country. Thanks to his foresight and leadership, this "Warm Valley of the Wind" remains the home of the Shoshone today.
The Fort Bridger treaty
Washakie remained an active and respected leader until his death at 102. His wisdom, gained from a century of experience and leadership, was sought by non-Native Americans as well as his own people.
When Washakie died on February 20, 1900, he was accorded a full military funeral, the only one known to be given a Native American chief. The mourning Shoshone, Arapahos and U.S. soldiers formed the longest funeral procession in the history of Wyoming.
Chief Washakie is buried in the old military cemetery at Fort Washakie. The cemetery road leads to the heart of the Wind River Country, the land he loved and fought to protect and preserve for his people.
Erected by Wyoming Legislature.
Location. 41° 18.604′ N, 105° 34.538′ W. Marker is in Laramie, Wyoming, in Albany County. Marker is on Grand Avenue (Business Interstate 80) near 17th Street, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within one mile of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Appaloosa (here, next to this marker); Battle of Crowheart Butte (here, next to this marker); First Ladies (approx. 0.7 miles away); The Franchise (approx. one mile away); 150 N. 2nd Street (approx. one mile away); Laramie Timeline (approx. 1.1 miles away); First Woman Jury (approx. 1.1 miles away); Laramie (approx. 1.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Laramie.
More about this marker. The Washakie statue is located in front of the Washakie Center on the University of Wyoming campus.
Also see . . . Chief Washakie of the Shoshone - Jackson Hole Historical Society. Chief Washakie (born circa 1804-1810, died 1900) is perhaps the most famous of all Eastern Shoshone headmen and leaders. Known for his prowess as both warrior and statesperson, Washakie played a prominent role in the territorial and statehood development of Idaho, Montana, Utah, and Wyoming. (Submitted on June 21, 2016, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 21, 2016. This page originally submitted on June 21, 2016, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 216 times since then and 16 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on June 21, 2016, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.