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The Nez Perce and the Failed Flight to Freedom

Pictures from the tour in summer 2004.
This tour is scheduled to repeat July 8–18, 2006.

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Day 1

Chief Joseph gravesiteAbove, the home and final resting place of Old Chief Joseph, Wallowa Lake, Oregon. This is our destination on the first day in the field of the Nez Perce tour, set for July 8-18, 2006.

Right, the gravesite of Old Joseph at Wallowa in extreme northeast Oregon.



Looking south down to the confluence of the Snake and Clearwater rivers at the town of Lewiston, Idaho. Clarkston, Washington, is on the right, across the Snake. Lewis and Clark camped here in 1805.


Foster sign
Army scout William Foster was killed here during the 1877 Nez Perce war. The site is near Grangeville, Idaho, where we enjoy a picnic lunch before going to the site of the battle of White Bird Canyon, just to the south.

White Birg sign
Looking down at the site of the Battle of White Bird Canyon, pivotal in the Nez Perce war of 1877. We spend the better part of an afternoon here, exploring how the Nez Perce warriors routed the soldiers.


Bear Paw

Ed Bearss leads the group through the Bear Paw Battlefield, near the Canadian border in Montana.
The battle here was the climactic event in the Nez Perce war of 1877; and it is the major focus or our final day in the field. For more history, click here.

Left, Ed in action at Big Hole Battlefield, a remote location in western Montana near the Continental Divide.
Center, we walk the battlefield at Camas Meadows, Idaho, looking for gun emplacements in the lava with Bearss in the lead.
Right, we spend a day and half in Yellowstone National Park. The Nez Perce came through here in 1877.


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