• LOCATION 51 | The Modoc War: A Homeland Lost

    Boddy Ranch

    Coming up on your right is a large pole barn. Behind it stands a farmhouse.

    Continue past it, but look out at the farmlands surrounding it. Before that house existed, this land belonged to the Boddy ranch. The Boddys were one of the first ranching families to settle here, having immigrated from Australia. The men of the Boddy clan also happened to be some of the first white settlers to cross paths with Hooker Jim and his warriors - a tragic case of the wrong place at the wrong time. William Boddy, his two sons Richard and Willie and his son-in-law Nicholas Schira were shot through the head - their blood spilling in the fields surrounding you. But when Hooker Jim's gang came face to face with Louisa Boddy and her daughter, the Modocs decisively spared the women before riding away. Louisa Boddy and her daughter spent days wandering in the foothills to your left, but they survived. And the action of Hooker Jim and his warriors spurred all kinds of commentary in the newspapers of the day. Written in the Yreka Journal in December of 1872: "but for the first time in Indian warfare in Oregon, they did not kill the women. They killed both of the husbands...and then asked for more men."

The Modoc War: A Homeland Lost