Tour Locations | The Modoc War: A Homeland Lost
LOCATION 25 | The Modoc War: A Homeland Lost
Okay. You should be stopped off the road, facing a small bridge with a dramatically large butte behind it. That butte is called Stukel Mountain, named for another prominent early rancher in the area. Now, take a look down at the water...and your first introduction to the Lost River. This thin section of the river is now called Stukel Ford, in reference to butte behind it. But even during the Modoc times this was a natural ford. And it was just to the right, a few miles downriver from here, on November 29th, 1872, that an attempt was made to return Captain Jack and the Modocs to the Klamath Reservation for good. That incident came to be known as the Lost River Battle. At one point that day, US soldiers crossed the river in this very spot. And that battle now lives in infamy as the official start to the Modoc War.
But I'm getting ahead of myself. Let's go ahead now and cross the river ourselves, to make our way to where those first shots were fired. When it's clear, merge back onto the road, then cross the bridge headed toward Stukel Mountain.