Tour Locations | The Modoc War: A Homeland Lost
LOCATION 96 | The Modoc War: A Homeland Lost
You should be stopped in a wide parking lot, looking at the small hill in front of you. This is Hospital Rock. If you look closely to the base of the hill on the right-hand side, there's a short, easy path you can walk up to the top of the hill, which I highly encourage you to do in a moment. From the top, you'll be able to look out over the battlefield landscape and understand how the Army could have so misjudged it. From a distance it looks just like grassland - not the treacherous array of chasms and ravines that truly riddle the land.
Also, while you're up there, look out over the battlefield where all of these events I've been talking about played out. Even though the whole chapter of the Modoc War only lasted about 6 months -- the archeological footprint left behind was enormous. One National Park Service archeologist even rivaled it to Civil War battlefields. If you have a keen eye, or even some binoculars, you might even be able to make out a few of the c-shaped defensive structures left in the field, built from basalt stones by the Army.
Now, go enjoy the short walk up the hill. I'll wait here. Just hit pause now then come back and press play when you're ready to continue.
Are you back? Great. When it's clear, reverse out of the parking space. Keeping Hospital Rock on your right, head back out to the main road. Turn right to continue along the road in the same way you were heading before.