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Chief Pocotello- Pocatello, Idaho
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member DougK
N 42° 50.779 W 112° 25.230
12T E 383928 N 4744727
Quick Description: Chief Pocatello was a leader of the Shoshone, a Native American people in western North America.
Location: Idaho, United States
Date Posted: 9/26/2013 7:55:09 AM
Waymark Code: WMJ56V
Published By: Groundspeak Regular Member Dorcadion Team
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Long Description:
This white stone sculpture of Chief Pocotello can be found at the visitor information center for the city of Pocatello, Idaho. It depicts him from the thighs up in feather headdress and warrior wear. The sculpture stands on a tall stone plinth with simulated rounded rocks at the top. A plaque on the base reads:


"Chief Pocatello"

Sculpted by J.D. Adcox

Assisted by
Jake McGonigal
Craig Argyle
Danial Greenup

Dedicated on July 26, 2008


Wikipedia relates a biography of Chief Pocatello.

Pocatello was born 1815. He was the leader at the time of the United States' arrival into Utah in the late 1840s. In the 1850s he led a series of attacks against emigrant parties in the Utah Territory and along the Oregon Trail. He gained a reputation among Mormon leaders and Indian agents as a leader of a band of Native Americans. Brigham Young, the leader of the Mormons, attempted a policy of reconciliation and appeasement of the Shoshone, but the arrival of the United States Army in the Utah Territory in 1858 exacerbated tensions between the emigrants and the Shoshone.

In January 1863, Pocatello received advance notice of the advance of U.S. Army troops from Fort Douglas under Colonel Patrick Edward Connor, who had set out to "chastise" the Shoshone. Pocatello was able to lead his people out of harm's way from the Army, thus avoiding the catastrophe of the Bear River Massacre. Pocatello sued for peace after pursuit from the Army. Pocatello agreed to cease his attacks on Oregon Trail emigrants and southeast Idaho settlers if the government would provide compensation for the game and land preempted by these intruders on the tribe's ancestral territory. With the Fort Bridger Treaty of 1868, the chief agreed to relocate his people to the Fort Hall Indian Reservation along the Snake River. Although the U.S. government had promised $5,000 in annual supplies, the relief rarely arrived, forcing continuing suffering and struggle among the Shoshone.

In 1875, faced with starvation among his people, Pocatello led them to the Mormon missionary farm of George Hill in Corinne, Utah, with the hope that a mass conversion of his people to Mormonism would alleviate his people's suffering. Although the missionaries willingly baptized the Shoshone, the local population of white settlers did not receive the Shoshone openly and agitated for their expulsion. In response, the U.S. Army forced the Shoshone to return to the Fort Hall Reservation.

In the late 1870s Pocatello granted a right-of-way to Jay Gould to extend the Utah and Northern Railway across the Fort Hall Indian Reservation. The extension of the railroad was motivated by the increasing flood of settlers into the Idaho Territory following the discovery of gold. The city of Pocatello, Idaho, founded along the railroad during this time, is named after him.

After his death in 1884, Pocatello's body was interred in a deep spring in Idaho along with his clothing, guns, knives, and hunting equipment. Eighteen horses were also slaughtered and put into the spring on top of his body.

The sculpture can be seen in Google Street View.

More Info on from the Utah History website.

URL of the statue: Not listed

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