State Historians to Study Bear River Massacre

bear river massacre

(PRESTON, ID) – The Idaho State Historical Society has been awarded a $56,000 grant to study the Bear River Massacre site north of Preston. The site was the scene of one of the most brutal events in the western Indian Wars, where as many as 500 Northern Shoshones were killed in their winter encampment by U.S. soldiers in 1863. Officials hope to map the location of 68 winter lodges, where most of the killing occurred, and probe the ground for historical artifacts.

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