Archeological Investigations: Bear River Massacre National Historic Landmark, Franklin County, Idaho

Bear River Massacre Monument Marker

Publication: National Park Services

Author: Kenneth C. Reid

Date of Publication: March 2017



In 2013, the sesquicentennial year of both the Bear River campaign and the establishment of Idaho Territory, the Idaho State Historical Society (ISHS) applied to the American Battlefield Protection Program (ABPP) for funding to survey, map, and evaluate the condition of selected parcels of the Bear River Massacre National Historic Landmark. One of four western Civil War battlefields recognized by the ABPP, the Bear River Massacre NHL was the site of an attack by Federal forces under Colonel Patrick Connor against a large Shoshone village in the winter of 1863. The engagement occurred during the height of the Civil War, and at a low point in Shoshone fortunes.