#116:  Battle Rock

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On lawn at entrance station, Castle Crags State Park, 1 mi W of I-5 (P.M. 63.6), Castella





State plaque


Plaque located in Castle Crags State Park. Rangers were happy to let me photograph the plaque without entry fee.

From the plaque:

Battle of the Crags was fought below Battle Rock in June 1855. This conflict between the Modoc Indians and the settlers resulted from miners destroying the native fishing waters in the Lower Soda Springs area. Settlers led by Squire Reuben Gibson and Mountain Joe Doblondy, with local Indians led by their Chief Weilputus, engaged Modocs, killed their Chief Dorcas Della, and dispersed them. Poet Joaquin Miller and other settlers were wounded.

Plaque placed by the State Department of Parks and Recreation in cooperation with the Ancient and Honorable Order of E Clampus Vitus, Trinitaranus Chapter #62, July 26, 1984.

©2009 David Schmitt