On August 9, 1877 gun shots shattered a chilly dawn on a sleeping camp of Nez Perce. By the time the smoke cleared on August 10, almost 90 Nez Perce were dead along with 31 soldiers and volunteers. Big Hole National Battlefield was created to honor all who were there.
Big Hole National Battlefield is located on Highway 43 ten miles west of the town of Wisdom in southwestern Montana.
Bear Paw Battlefield is located on Route 240 sixteen miles south of the town of Chinook in north-central Montana.