Bear River Battleground

Also known as: Bear River Massacre, Massacre at Boa Ogoi, Battle of Bear Rive
NW of Preston off U.S. 91, Preston, Idaho


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On January 29, 1863, California Volunteers under the command of Col. Patrick Edward Conner attacked a band of Northwestern Shoshone. The bloodiest encounter between Native American and white men to take place in the West in the years between 1848 and 1891, Bear River Massacre resulted in the deaths of almost 300 Shoshone and 14 soldiers. -- National Historic Landmark statement of significance, June 21, 1990

National Register information 

Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on March 14, 1973
Reference number
Areas of significance
Ethnic Heritage - Native American; Military
Level of significance
Evaluation criteria
A - Event
Property type
Historic function
Battle site
Current function
Agricultural fields
Periods of significance
1850-1874; 1925-1949
Significant years
1862; 1863; 1932
Number of properties
Contributing sites: 1
Contributing objects: 1
Non-contributing buildings: 12
Non-contributing structures: 7

Update Log 

  • July 13, 2018: New Street View added by Bill Eichelberger