The Cemetery

A cemetery surrounded by trees with several rows of headstones.
The Cemetery at the Spalding site. It is still an active cemetery.

Nez Perce National Historical Park

Nearly 180 people are buried here, including Nez Perce, Indian agents, missionaries (including Henry and Eliza Spalding and Mary Crawford), and Josiah Red Wolf, who was a young boy during the 1877 Nez Perce War and one of its last survivors.

Burial sites are sacred to the Nez Perce. Therefore, all visitors are expected to respect the cemetery as sacred ground. There are specific rules that govern behavior around the cemetery. Please do not:

  • Walk or stand on the graves
  • Take food or drinks into the cemetery
  • Take rubbings or markings from headstones
  • Handle the headstones
  • Touch or bother any items on the graves
  • Engage in any type of recreational activity
  • Let children explore alone

Last updated: July 6, 2020

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Nez Perce National Historical Park
39063 US Hwy 95

Lapwai , ID 83540-9715


208 843-7001

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