Image from page 29 of "Campbell's new revised third edition complete guide and descriptive book of the Yellowstone Park" (1916)
Authors: Campbell, Reau
Publisher: Chicago : H.E. Klamer
Contributing Library: Harold B. Lee Library
Digitizing Sponsor: Brigham Young University
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give them credit for their defense of inherent rights. Ge neraland out ofto the Yel-bridge,some delaythe Park General THE SUNSET GUN—FORT YELLOWSTONE Howard pursued the fleeing Nez Perces into the Parkit. After leaving Camp Cowan, he followed the traillowstone River and down that stream to Baronettswhich the Indians had partially destroyed, causingfor repairs; in the meantime the Nez Perces had leftby way of Miller Creek. Howard had a most extraordinary engineer corps com-posed of fifty-two mountaineers picked up in Idaho,organized and placed under com-mand of Capt. -W. F. Spurgin;each man owned his horse andequipment. As they were notreally engineers they were classedas skilled laborers, and assuch, paid three dollars per day.It did not take many days forthe soldiers to condense theskilled laborers to the Skill-ets. They did remarkable workbut they could not make roadsas fast as General Howardwanted to move, yet the Skill-ets did cut their way throughthe forests over Mary Mountain,
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28 from the Lower Basin to the heights of the shores of the Yellowstone Riverwhere Spurgin let his wagons down with ropes to the river bank; this wascalled Spurgins Beaver Slide. Then he was up with Howards army,crossed the Yellowstone twice, furnished his General with a pack train ofample capacity, and from Cascade Creek took his wagons to Fort Elliswithout losing a wheel. A tablet near the Upper Falls marks the spot of*Spurgins Beaver Slide. Now the Nez Perces had Howard and Gibbon in their rear, with GeneralMiles and General Sturgis in front, and turned their direction northward with
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