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Idaho Gets Grant to Study Bear River Massacre Site

BOISE-- A big archaeological project will aim to shed more light on one of the darkest chapters of Idaho history -- the Bear River Massacre.

The Idaho State Historical Society just received a grant of $55,567 from the National Park Service's American Battlefield Protection Program.

At the State Historic Preservation Office in Boise, State Archaeologist Dr. Ken Reid is busy planning the project to study the Bear River Massacre site.

It started out as a battle, and it ended up as a massacre, essentially, is what happened, said Dr. Reid.

The site lies in the far southeastern corner of Idaho just outside Preston along U.S. Highway 91.

It's now a national historic landmark.