Nez Perce National Historical Park
Nearly 180 people are buried there that include Nez Perce, some of the Indian agents, and some of the missionaries, including Henry Spalding and his first wife, Eliza. Josiah Red Wolf, a young boy during the 1877 Nez Perce War and one of its last survivors, and prominent Nez Perce families are buried here. Among the markers is the Granite monolith with the remains of Henry Spalding and his first wife Eliza, Indian Agent John Montieth and missionary Mary Crawford.
If you eat lunch in the picnic area, there are specific rules that govern behavior around the cemetery. Burial sites are sacred to the Nez Perce therefore all visitors are expected to respect the cemetery as sacred ground. Please do not:
Did You Know?
In September of 1805 Lewis and Clark crossed into Nez Perce country. A debate ensued among the Nez Perce. Should they assist these strangers or attack them? A female Nez Perce elder, Wetxuuwíis (Wet-k'hoo-wees)urged her people to do them no harm. Her words were heeded; the expedition was welcomed.