- Nez Perce Traditional Site, Wallowa Lake
Wallowa Lake SiteGravesite of Old Joseph
Location: Wallowa County, Oregon, USA Nearest city: Joseph, Oregon Coordinates: Coordinates: Built: 1877 Governing body: United States Bureau of Indian Affairs NRHP Reference#: 89001082 Significant dates Added to NRHP: May 5, 1989 Designated NHL: May 5, 1985
Wallowa Lake Site, also known as Nez Perce Traditional Site, Wallowa Lake, Chief Joseph Cemetery and Joseph National Indian Cemetery is a 5-acre (20,000 m2) Native American cemetery near Joseph, Oregon. The area was also a traditional campsite of the Nez Perce and may be archaeologically significant.
It is the burial place of Old Chief Joseph, the father of Chief Joseph. When Old Joseph died in 1871, he had a traditional burial at the forks of the Lostine and Wallowa rivers. In 1886 his grave was desecrated by local property owners and his skull was removed as a souvenir. In 1926, the remains of the elder Chief Joseph were reburied. His grave is marked by a tall stone marker bearing the legend, "To The Memory of Old Chief Joseph, Died 1870." The cemetery is a sacred place for the Nez Perce people.
- ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2007-01-23. http://nrhp.focus.nps.gov/natreg/docs/All_Data.html.
- ^ a b "Wallowa Lake Site". National Historic Landmark summary listing. National Park Service. http://tps.cr.nps.gov/nhl/detail.cfm?ResourceId=2056&ResourceType=Site. Retrieved 2007-11-18.
- ^ PDF (508 KB). National Park Service. , 19 and PDF (179 KB)
- ^ "Nez Perce National Historic Trail: Old Joseph's Gravesite". United States Forest Service. http://www.fs.fed.us/npnht/tour/oldjoseph.shtml. Retrieved 2007-11-20.
- ^ a b c Nez Perce National Historic Park - Old Chief Joseph Gravesite
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