White Bird Battlefield

White Bird Battlefield, Nez Perce National Historical Park site, is located just north of White Bird. The first battle of the Nez Perce War was fought here June 17, 1877. When soldiers arrived in the area, they fired upon Nez Perce who were waving a white flag of peace, beginning the fight. Thirty-four soldiers were killed while the Nez Perce lost none. A self-guided walking tour booklet of the battlefield is available at the trailhead 1.2 miles through the town of White Bird on the Old Spiral Highway. There is an interpretive shelter along Hwy 95 that overlooks the battlefield and explains the sequence of events that day. 85 miles south of Lewiston on Hwy 95.