Bear River Massacre Site

The January 29, 1863 Bear River Massacre of 250 or more Native Americans, by Colonel Patrick Connor and his troops, occurred here. It was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1990. The battle became one of the worst disasters for Native Americans in the west. There are two stops for this site. One is in the middle of the bottom of the valley and the new one is at the top of the north hill. Drive north 4.5 miles, 10 minutes, out of Preston on US 91 to the top of the hill. The entrance is on the right. There is also a painting of the Bear River Massacre in the Preston Post Office on 55 E Oneida Street.

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2945 US-91, Preston, ID 83263


42.140993003429, -111.91169033581


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