Old Chief Joseph Gravesite
Wallowa Lake Site
Gravesite of Old Joseph
|Location||Wallowa County, Oregon, USA|
|Nearest city||Joseph, Oregon|
|Area||5 acres (2.0 ha)|
|NRHP Reference #||89001082|
|Added to NRHP||October 15, 1966|
|Designated NHL||May 5, 1985|
The Old Chief Joseph Gravesite, also known as Nez Perce Traditional Site, Wallowa Lake, Chief Joseph Cemetery and Joseph National Indian Cemetery is a 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.
- Iwetemlaykin State Heritage Site
- List of National Historic Landmarks in Oregon
- National Register of Historic Places listings in Wallowa County, Oregon
- Nez Perce National Historic Trail
- Nez Perce National Historical Park
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Nez Perce Traditional Site, Wallowa Lake.|
- Wells, Merle; Bearss, Edwin C. (August 26, 1988), National Register of Historic Places Registration Form: Nez Perce Traditional Site, Wallowa Lake (PDF), retrieved November 23, 2014.
- Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, Oregon Historic Sites Database, retrieved November 23, 2014.
- "Wallowa Lake Site". National Historic Landmark summary listing. National Park Service. Retrieved November 18, 2007.
- "Nez Perce National Historic Trail: Old Joseph's Gravesite". United States Forest Service. Retrieved November 20, 2007.
- Nez Perce National Historic Park - Old Chief Joseph Gravesite
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