So - our paths cross again. Did you visit the massacre site about 100 yards upstream?
oh no, we didnt visit the massacre site.
You should go there some day. It's an easy walk up from the natural bridge on a well worn path. You can drive there too. I've been there twice. The local Native Americans (possibly descendants of the survivors, I don't know) have made offerings and decorated a tree there. My pictures are just southwest of the pictures of the natural bridge.
Max and Brian I'm the GreatGreatGrandDaughter of the woman who was in the birthing hut in the woods at the time of the Massaacre. This is the story given me by my GreatAunt, Wilma Olson, who lived in Hayfork ,California,who worked for the U.S. Forest Service for years and years.She was raised with my Grandmother,Claudia, who was the daughter of Sadie the Daughter of Kitty Woods (Kitty the woman in the Birthing hut,Sadie the Baby born at the time of the massacre.) Aunt Wilma said that Cattle had been rustled from Weaverville by people in Peanut and Driven thru the Bridge area to make it look like the Indians had done the deed, removing the shoes from their horses to give the idea even more
credibility. Finding the tracks leading into the area it was assumed the Indians did and the encampment was slaughtered. Then the cattle not being found, tracks continued to Peanut and were found to several ranchs there. I do not know of the outcome, none I've been led to believe to punish the ranchers responsable. I grew up in a foster home in Hayfork, I did not know my family much. Aunt Wilma was a well loved and respected member of the Hayfork community. I know she never lied about this event because there was no reason to even bring it up or to lie to a young woman who had nothing to gain or lose by knowing the story other then it did clear up many questions about the interaction of Peanut people with Hayfork. If you have tho'ts or questions I'd love to hear from either of you.She said that a young boy may have been found alive but, noone ever knew for sure or if true what his name was. She never mentioned any other massacres, but it doesn't mean there wasn't ( or was ) Our church used to have picnics at this area and I played in the caves a number of times, not really knowing the story. My older brother is on the roll books but, I was not allowed because by the time I was old enough to understand it was to late for me to be entered!( You needed to have 3 people who knew of the story and be able to sign and attest to it, none were left but 1 or 2 and that unqualified me. Same Mother, Same Father, Go figure. Anyway,I loved Hayfork, and always will.
As an after tho't the Indian's here were the Wintu or also known as the Wintun. I believe they are now in a group called the Nor Rel Muk, They have a number of interesting articles and issues on the web.They have not been Federally recognized altho California does. It is interesting to note that these peoples were "put down" for so long and now to see them standing up is a good feeling for those of us who understand the situation. I do hope the truth can come out and the Wintu can be recognized. What happened at natural Bridge in Hayfork, Calif. should not be forgotten or ignored. History proves over and over that to ignore, not learn from our mistakes is to continue them. God forbid.
Thank you Starla Jean. Your story is wonderful and I was wondering if you could copy your two comments over to one or more of my pictures taken at the memorial tree at the massacre site so that more people could see them. Max
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Photo taken in Shasta-Trinity National Forest, Hayfork, CA 96041, USA
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