Change and Conflict

Change and Conflict (tmp-e5444)

Location: Preston, ID 83263 Franklin County
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Country: United States of America
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N 42° 9.161', W 111° 54.429'

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Massacre at Bear River

—A Clash of Cultures —

End of a Way of Life

The delicate balance in which the Shoshone managed food resources for thousands of years was drastically altered by colonization. By the mid-1800s, the Oregon and California Trails brought thousands of pioneers and gold-seeking miners through the center of Shoshone ancestral lands. Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (the Mormons) were colonized north from the Salt Lake Valley and settled in the fertile Cache Valley on the Utah-Idaho border. In establishing their settlements, they plowed up the grasslands that provided precious seeds that were used as a food source by the Shoshone, and destroyed plants that fed buffalo, deer and other game animals. The lack of understanding between these two cultures and the shortage of resources caused conflict over land, water, food and other issues. As a contemporary Shoshone man remarked, "The Shoshone welcomed the settlers and tried to be hospitable, but didn't realize what they had in mind. They retaliated when injustices were done them, when their very survival was threatened, when their traditional way of life was made impossible." (Marker Number 3.)
HM Numbertmp-e5444
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Date Added Wednesday, July 19th, 2017 at 9:45pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)12T E 425051 N 4667126
Decimal Degrees42.15268333, -111.90715000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 42° 9.161', W 111° 54.429'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds42° 9' 9.66" N, 111° 54' 25.74" W
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Area Code(s)208
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling North
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 2852-2918 US-91, Preston ID 83263, US
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