Captive Tourists - The Nez Perce Encounter
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Marine Biologist
N 44° 34.440 W 110° 49.375
12T E 514059 N 4935644
Quick Description: A marker about the Nez Perce Encounter is located in Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming.
Location: Wyoming, United States
Date Posted: 6/1/2008 6:09:38 PM
Waymark Code: WM3XTW
Published By: Groundspeak Regular Member robbdogg120
Views: 68

Long Description:
The marker reads as follows: "During their fighting retreat toward freedom in Canada, the non-treaty Nez Perce passed directly through Yellowstone National Park in August, 1877. Their route followed this creek. When outriders encountered a party of sightseers camped nearby, the Nez Perce held the group hostage for several hours."

"Angry at past betrayals, a pair of Nez Perce shot and left for dead George Cowan, but a chief intervened and the rest of the tourists were released unharmed. Six weeks later the Nez Perce surrendered to the U.S. Army in northern Montana. They were then transferred to reservations far from their home lands."

Photo caption: "Mr. and Mrs. George Cowan are believed to be the two middle figures standing in front of the stagecoach."
Marker Name: Captive Tourists - The Nez Perce Encounter

Marker Type: Rural Roadside

Addtional Information:


Group Responsible for Placement: Yellowstone National Park

Web link(s) for additional information: [Web Link]

Date Dedicated: Not listed

Marker Number: Not listed

Visit Instructions:
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