The Modoc War: A Homeland Lost

    Jack and schonchin 3 01
    25 Jun 2019
    Clock 120min      Length60mi
    23 ratings

    Tourdescription About the audio tour

    Join Modoc descendent Cheewa James on a riveting and epic driving journey through the historic sites of the Modoc War, starting from Klamath Falls, Oregon to the Lava Beds National Monument in California. Along the way you’ll discover the roots of the Modoc War, hear Modoc and settler stories, and learn what life was like during this turbulent episode in American history. You’ll also pass through the charming communities of Merrill and Malin, and explore several archeological wonders, including Petroglyph Point, Captain Jack’s Stronghold and the impressive Lava Beds National Monument. As the great-granddaughter of the Modoc Warrior Shkeitko (better known as Shacknasty Jim), James' firsthand knowledge and imaginative voice bring the events and landscapes to life in a way you’ve never heard them before.

    The Klamath Basin Rural Tourism Studio in partnership with Travel Oregon, Discover Klamath, Discover Siskiyou and Rural Klamath Connects

    Cheewa James

    Cheewa James was born at the Klamath Indian Agency, Oregon. Her great-grandfather Shkeitko— Shacknasty Jim—was a warrior in the 1873 Modoc War. Cheewa attended the University of Oregon and graduated from Northwest Missouri State University. She was a ranger-historian at the Lava Beds National Monument and authored MODOC: The Tribe That Wouldn’t Die. She was also a talk show hostess and anchorwoman in southern Oregon.


    Keintpoos (better known as Captain Jack) – Brandon Tupper
    Honorable AM Rosborough – Charles Cossey
    Louisa Boddy – Linda Woodley
    Ivan Applegate – Todd Kepple
    Colonel Wheaton – Rick Woodley
    Captain David Perry – Patrick Lynch

    “Howinna (Time of Change)” performed by Taylor Tupper, Natalie Ball and Cheewa James

    Majorlandmarks Major Landmarks

    Klamath Basin National Wildlife Refuge, Hospital Rock

    Startingpoint Directions to starting point

    This tour begins in front of the Klamath County Museum on Main Street, address: 1451 Main St, Klamath Falls, OR 97601. You will want to be parked in one of the diagonal parking spaces in the front of the museum on the same side of the street (ideally with a full tank of gas).

    Tips Tips

    Places to stop along the way:

    Along this tour, some additional places we stop along the way are the Klamath County Museum, the Merrill Historical and Modoc War Museum, Stone Bridge, the Malin Park Settlers Monument, the Malin Historical Society & Museum and the Warm Springs Indian Graves.

    Best time of day:

    This tour can be taken at any time, though for maximum enjoyment and to ensure all of the sites are open, we recommend Tuesday through Saturday from 10 AM to 5 PM


    This route travels along several country roads that are also sometimes used by farm equipment, so please use courtesy and caution - driving a little slower will also give you time to soak in the beauty of where you’re driving! Also, it’s advised to wear sturdy shoes in some of the places you explore, and a pair of binoculars can be handy (but not necessary to enjoy the tour).


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    It would have been nice to mention the Tule Lake Segregation Center, which the tour goes by (County road 113 and state highway 139), where more than 12,000 Japanese Americans were imprisoned and punished for protesting the injustice of their WWII incarnation. Perhaps the topic of another tour?

    Posted by B , about 1 year ago

    Great idea for new tour - we considered mentioning it but there was so much information to cover and not enough time/space to do it justice! I appreciate your feedback!

    Megan Route Creator , about 1 year ago