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    MEETING OF TWO NATIONS
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    NEZ PERCE SAD TALE AT BIG HOLE

    by travelgourmet Written Oct 27, 2010
    MEETING OF TWO NATIONS
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    The wind was biting and the snow was beginning to fall, but my wife and I journeyed on, determined to arrive at the sleeping camp of the Nez Perce to see and feel the sorrow that happened here, so many years ago. It was Memorial Day and quite appropriate to have walked the ground where Chief Joseph, other Chiefs and the people of the Nez Perce were surprised while sleeping by the U S Army with cannon fire on their camp.

    It was August 9, 1877 when gun shots rang out and started to cut down the sleeping camp of the Nez Perce. Big Hole would leave a big hole in Chief Joseph's heart as he watched his people being attacked. Close to 90 Nez Perce were killed, men, women and children and the U S Army lost 31 soldiers and volunteers on that fateful day. Today it is regarded at a memorial to the fallen and many of the remaining Nez Perce travel to the Montana Battlefields, including Big Hole, to honor those that fought and died during the conflict of 1877. The Big Hole National Battlefield was created to honor all who were there.

    In the summer of 1877, Chief Joseph refused to live in a reservation demanded by the meeting with the U S Army in Oregon and tried to get his people to Canada and freedom. Besides the Big Hole surprise by the U S Army, there were many battles with the pursuing U S Army , but it all came to an end at Bear Paw, just 40 miles short of Canada. On October 5th, 1877, after five days of siege and battle, Chief Joseph gave his immortal speech: “From where the sun now stands, I will fight no more forever.”

    As my wife and I left the Big Hole Battlefield, a light rain began to fall as if tears from the heavens. We both felt the emotional churn that was caused by the tragedy that occurred on August 9, 1877. The entire Nez Perce Trail was a tragic tale. We cannot redo the past but only learn from it and not repeat it. I had purchased a book at the visitors center on the life of Chief Joseph and before getting in my car to leave, I opened up the book. As I did, a single snowflake landed on the page. The snowflake, white and pure, seemed like the message of the words from Chief Joseph. Hopefully one day for the entire world, Chief Joseph's words may come true; "I will fight no more forever."

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    DARBY, MONTANA. HOWDY STRANGER!

    by travelgourmet Updated Mar 3, 2010

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    WESTERN DECOR IN DARBY, MONTANA
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    About a twenty minute drive south on Highway 93 from Hamilton, sits the quaint western town of Darby. Boardwalks are here as well as spirited western shops and Native American arts and crafts. Worth the drive just for the scenery.

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    A VICTORIAN CHRISTMAS & GIFT STORE

    by travelgourmet Updated Mar 3, 2010

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    THIS OLD HOUSE IS STILL KICKING
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    The Brooks Christmas & Gifts store is a year-round winter season gift store and its all displayed in a 1894 Victorian home. Visiting this store is amazing for the year-round Christmas related gifts.

    The real kick for me is seeing this old Victorian sitting in a small rural town called Corvallis, a short distance north of Hamilton. Call for hours, as they do vary in off season. Located at 1074 Eastside Highway, Corvallis, Montana.

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    SAINT MARY'S MISSION, WHERE MONTANA BEGAN

    by travelgourmet Updated Mar 3, 2010

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    SAINT MARY'S CHAPEL
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    Located just minutes from Hamilton lies the town of Stevensville and the home of the birthplace of Montana, Saint Mary's Mission. Founded in 1841 by a Jesuit Priest, Fr. Pierre DeSmet, S.J., from Belgium, at the request of the native american people in the area, the Salish. The fourth chapel to be built after years of turmoil and native troubles, was raised in 1866, Saint Mary's Chapel. The Mission owes much of it's success and the State of Montana it's beginnings to an Italian Jesuit Priest brought to the site by Fr. Pierre DeSmet, S.J. to make Saint Mary's Mission flourish in those pioneer days, Fr. Anthony Ravalli, S.J..

    Father Ravalli was not only a priest but a medical doctor, surgeon, pharmacist, teacher,carpenter, artist, sculptor, and an architect. Truely, a man for all reasons and seasons. He built the first grist mill and saw mill in the Bitterroot Valley. His art and sculptor adorn the chapel to this day and his cabin and office still stand. Father Ravalli died in 1884 and is buried in the mission grounds with his native american converts, but he is remembered by all to follow, as the county was named Ravalli County in his honor. Located in Stevensville, on the west end of 4th St. Guided tours are conducted from 10am till 4pm, April 15-October 15.

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