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Big Hole National Battlefield

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Battlefield commemorating 1877 conflict between the Nez Perce Indians and the 7th U.S. Infantry.
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Reviewed February 10, 2019

Just off the highway. Easy hiking trails. Lots of interpretive signs outlining a brief history of the battle. History lovers should enjoy it but you military buffs may be left shaking your heads at some decisions that were made. It's easy to look out and...More

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank frostyjhammer
Reviewed October 10, 2018

The story of the Nez Perce deserves to be heard (or read) by a wider audience. The Visitor's Center is compact but offers a video and a wide range of topical books. The museum is small as well, but well worth the time.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank IgnatiusTForthright
Reviewed August 20, 2018

The lessons of the battle of Big Hole have not been mentioned in our children's history books in much the same manner as Wounded Knee and Washita have been edited from our history. I know because I was a teacher for 38 years and never...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Randy L
Reviewed July 25, 2018

Good information of Nez Perce Indians and the hardships they endured, The topo map they had in the visitor center was outstanding. Rangers on duty was very knowledgeable and professional.

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank richardwQ67RA
Reviewed July 8, 2018

The Nez Perce had approx 13 million acres of land before the white man entered America. Slowly but surely through one treaty after another, gold being discovered and lots of broken promises what was sure to happen, happened. Conflict. If you are trying to preserve...More

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank Barry and Nicol... G
Reviewed July 1, 2018 via mobile

This is a sad piece of our history but it is handled well here. Take the time to listen to a volunteer tell the story or watch the movie to learn the details of the battle here. Then walk among the battle sites - very...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank msbasil
Reviewed June 9, 2018

Tough visit as the Battlefield is the tale of how the US Army tragically slaughtered the Nez Perce in their teepees and then pursued the survivors over Montana before forcibly relocating them to Oklahoma. The NPS site does a great job explaining the full story...More

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank Scott T
Reviewed June 7, 2018 via mobile

Mixed emotions here. Such s gorgeous valley yet so much sadness. Be sure & take in the free movie, only 25min but explains so much. So glad we stopped!

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank 579marilynp
Reviewed October 28, 2017

What a feeling it must have been for the Nez Perce people to be relentlessly hunted down by the U.S. Army. As I walked through the encampment of the Nez Perce, I got a sense of what the people experienced. Seeing your mother, young brother...More

Date of experience: September 2017
Thank hoef972
Reviewed October 27, 2017 via mobile

Free admission with a nice visitor center and friendly staff. The whole tragic scene is right in front of you and the testimonies from the survivors is touching.

Date of experience: October 2017
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December 12, 2018|
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You could do it in thirty minutes