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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Chinook, Montana

Clickable Map of Blaine County, Montana and Immediately Adjacent Jurisdictions image/svg+xml 2019-10-06 U.S. Census Bureau, Abe.suleiman; Lokal_Profil;; J.J.Prats/dc:title> Blaine County, MT (17) Chouteau County, MT (103) Fergus County, MT (56) Hill County, MT (24) Phillips County, MT (9)  BlaineCounty(17) Blaine County (17)  ChouteauCounty(103) Chouteau County (103)  FergusCounty(56) Fergus County (56)  HillCounty(24) Hill County (24)  PhillipsCounty(9) Phillips County (9)
Chinook is the county seat for Blaine County
Chinook is in Blaine County
      Blaine County (17)  
      Chouteau County (103)  
      Fergus County (56)  
      Hill County (24)  
      Phillips County (9)  
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1 Montana, Blaine County, Chinook — ćáynim?a•lika?speBear Paw Battlefield Trail
For the exhausted Nez Perce, this site, known to them as ćáynim?a•lika?spe (Place of Manure Fire), appeared to be a good place to rest before continuing to Canada. Then a large force of U.S. soldiers surprised them from the east. After . . . Map (db m142832) HM
2 Montana, Blaine County, Chinook — We will stand our ground!Roaring Eagle: tipiyeléhne?iléseniń (George Comedown)
Striking on the run, the U.S. Army planned to surprise and overwhelm the Nez Perce camp. Along this ridge Nez Perce warriors fought back fiercely and stopped the cavalry charge. The surprise attack was blunted, but the Nez Perce were pinned down, . . . Map (db m142866) HM
3 Montana, Blaine County, Chinook — Bear Paw BattlefieldC'Aynnim 'Alikinwaaspa
C'Aynnim 'Alikinwaaspa is the Nez Perce name for this site. It means "Place of the Manure Fire" because the Nez Perce used buffalo chips as fuel here. On September 29, 1877, about 700 Nez Perce men, women and children camped in the basin . . . Map (db m142830) HM
4 Montana, Blaine County, Chinook — Bear's Paw Battleground
Two panels are affixed to a common boulder. Commemorating the surrender of Chief Joseph and the remnants of his tribe of Nez Perce to General Nelson A. Miles, October 5, 1877. Here Chiefs Looking Glass, Ollicut, Too-hul-sote and . . . Map (db m142802) HM WM
5 Montana, Blaine County, Chinook — Brave Warriors Chief Joseph's Band
To the everlasting memory of the Brave Warriors Chief Joseph's Band who fought on these grounds in the Nez Perce War of 1877 Erected by Nez Perce Indians and the Chief Joseph Memorial Association . . . Map (db m142865) WM
6 Montana, Blaine County, Chinook — Chief Joseph’s SurrenderOctober 5, 1887 11:00 a.m.
With the fighting at a standoff, Hinmatóowyalahtq̓it (Chief Joseph) met with Colonel Miles near this site. Surrender was a survival strategy, to keep the Nez Perce people alive and together. One witness reported that Chief Joseph spoke . . . Map (db m142869) HM
7 Montana, Blaine County, Chinook — Last Battle
These rolling hills and coulees are the site of the last battle of the 1877 Nez Perce War. For the Nez Perce this was the end of a 1,170-mile journey, after many successful skirmishes along the way. Canada was only 40 miles farther, its mountains . . . Map (db m142833) HM
8 Montana, Blaine County, Chinook — McWhorter StakesBear Paw Battlefield
Map (db m142682) HM WM
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9 Montana, Blaine County, Chinook — Nez Perce Encampment
About noon the families made camp. The scouts killed several buffalo. This place is ćáynim?a•lika?spe (Place of Manure Fire) .... Some warriors were on the buttes watching for enemies. We expected none. -- himi・n maqsmáqs . . . Map (db m142838) HM
10 Montana, Blaine County, Chinook — Nez Perce National Historical Park
This park links a series of widely separated sites of deep significance to the Nez Perce – historic villages, battlefields, and legend sites. The park experience involves a journey across both time and territory. Although firmly connected to . . . Map (db m142831) HM
11 Montana, Blaine County, Chinook — No Place to Hide
As cannon scattered shot from bursting shells, people held buffalo hides over themselves. -- wewetatomay, wife of 'álok'at
As the initial attack turned into a six-day siege, the army began bombarding the . . . Map (db m142864) HM
12 Montana, Blaine County, Chinook — Soldier Burials
The large depression is the site of a mass grave. Here the U.S. Army buried its casualties from the battle. This ridge is also the site of a hastily erected field hospital -- just a tent were surgeons tended and operated on the wounded. In 1912 the . . . Map (db m142868) HM
13 Montana, Blaine County, Chinook — Surrender of Chief Joseph
From where the sun now stands I will fight no more forever. October 5 1877 Surrender of Chief Joseph to Colonel Nelson A Miles To the valor and devotion of those both red and white who struggled here Erected by the Congress of . . . Map (db m142801) HM
14 Montana, Blaine County, Chinook — The Battle of Bears Paw
This battle was fought September 30 to October 5, 1877, on Snake Creek, about 20 miles south of here near the Bears Paw Mountains, where after five days days' siege Chief Joseph, one of five remaining Nez Perce leaders, surrendered to Col. Nelson A. . . . Map (db m142800) HM
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Jul. 20, 2024