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Bear River Massacre commemoration set | Preston Citizen

Bear River Massacre commemoration set

January 18, 2012


Citizen editor


The commemoration of the Bear River Massacre will be held on Sunday, Jan. 29, at 11 a.m., at the memorial site off Highway 91, approximately four miles northwest of Preston, just past the Bear River bridge.

The memorial usually is an opportunity for the tribal members to speak about that fateful day when some 300 Shoshone Indians were killed by soldiers led by Patrick Edward Connor from Fort Douglas Ut.

The gathering is to commemorate the cold, Jan. 29,1863 day when soldiers attacked a band of Northwestern Shoshoni.

The Northwestern Band of Shoshoni, based in Brigham City, purchased much of the land where the attack took place not far from where the memorial stands today. For generations before the attack, the spot had been a winter village located where Battle Creek and Bear River meet, northwest of Preston.

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