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Sgt. Duncan and Cpl. Whiting travel to the upper reaches of Eastern California, into Oregon and Nevada to investigate a battle site.
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Barracks- Fort Crook

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Officers quarters 1

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Officers quarters 2

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Round Barn
Originally built by Fall River resident Bob Johnston in 1911, this barn was used for training horses year round to supply the army with badly needed mounts.

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Inside Round Barn
A couple freight wagons and a sleigh, but sadly, no cannons.

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Fort Crook weapons collection

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Fort Crook Monument 1

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Fort Crook monument 2

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Original Fort Crook
Monuments on original site of Fort Crook.

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Stampede
Ducking off the main road allowed us to avoid this traffic hazard

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Unknown soldier
roadside monument to unknown soldier.  Hwy 299 near Bieber.

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Fort Bidwell 1
Above the site of Fort Bidwell, Surprise Valley, California

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Fort Bidwell 2
Fort Bidwell (center, right) in the distance.

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Surprise Valley
Rain (or snow?) showers in the distance.

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Diverse terrain
common creek canyon with vertical rock walls

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Hawk
Indian Spirit watching us.

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Native site
Elevated area above Rock Canyon containing many obsidian flakes

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Sgt. Duncan
Scouting along the rim of the plateau, elevation= 6225 ft.

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Guano Valley
Standing above Rock Canyon looking West into Guano Valley.  The line in the desert is a road running along the Nevada-Oregon border.

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Rock Canyon

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Cpl. T. Whiting
Picking out landmarks for the next mornings exploratory trek into the canyon.

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The three essentials
Necessary for any outing:  Bullets, beans and beer.

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'Never had it so good
The modern horse with attached supply wagon/"tin tent"

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Mule deer
Game was plentiful

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Entering the canyon
Journey into the North "finger" of Rock Canyon.

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North arm, Rock Canyon
Looking North.

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Hawk nest

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Rock Canyon spirits
As I traversed the narrowing gully, its steep jagged outcrops became more imposing.  A chill breeze rose up from the main canyon. The sun shown through the cloudy sky, casting shadows and giving the stone crevasses greater depth.

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Rock Canyon spirits 2
I glanced at my watch. 9:40 A.M. 146 years ago at this very time of day, troopers of the 2nd Cavalry California Volunteers Companies D and F were engaged with the "enemy" at this very site.

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Rock Canyon spirits 3
Indian warriors from the Shoshone, Bannock and Piute tribes and Cavalry troopers fought and died at this place.  The hair on the back of my neck stood on end as the Ghosts of the pursued and those in pursuit brushed past in the wind.

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Material
Small trees and brush for fire and shelter are abundant.

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Rock Canyon 2
View East into the main canyon.

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Rock Canyon 3
View West into Guano Valley

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Sign of natives
Obsidian flakes (small, shiny, black) offset by a "shed" of mule deer antler.

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Rock Canyon 4
Large boulders in the canyon bottom would have provided welcome cover in battle.

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From bottom to top
View from the canyon base, up to the plateau.

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Rock Canyon 5
Looking East into the canyon from a possible village site.

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Guano Valley 2
Looking West into Guano Valley from possible village site.

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Rock Canyon 6
Standing in Guano Valley, looking East into Rock Canyon.  Oregon on the left, Nevada on the right.

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