65 Yuki Indians Killed at Bloody Rock

65 Yuki Indians Killed at Bloody Rock

Death unknown
Lake County, California, USA
Burial Body lost or destroyed, Specifically: All 65 bodies of the Indians were left exposed at the bottom of Bloody Rock.
Memorial ID 104167874 · View Source
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According to MAULDIN'S HISTORY of LAKE COUNTY(available at the Lakeport Museum), during the early 1860's, 65 Indians of the Yuki Tribe were massacred at Bloody Rock by a ruthless group of settlers(about 8 to 10 stockmen) from Upper Lake who accused the Indians of stealing cattle & murder, however, the story as told by the settlers, when they returned to town, was that rather than surrender, the Indians sang their death song, joined hands, then jumped off the rock & were killed.

No Indians escaped or were captured, and many years later the bones of the Indians were still in evidence at the bottom of Bloody Rock.

And the Indian name for Bloody Rock was not remembered. The name for the Bloody Rock Indian camp was also not remembered but it means "backed up against the rock" or nearly that.

Situated on a thumb-like peninsula formed by the Eel River, Bloody Rock is on a rough rolling ridge, which is part of a shoulder from Boardman Ridge & Hull Mountain. The rock itself is a fist-like form of solid rock, with a very narrow approach from the north and a sheer drop-off of around 150+ feet on three sides facing south.

The summit of Bloody Rock, at 2,853 feet, is about a half mile easy hike from the road, with only about 80 feet of change in elevation.

Bloody Rock is located within Mendocino National Forest, along forest road M-6, about 6 miles north of Lake Pillsbury. Upper Lake, about 30 miles south, is the nearest town.

This trip also included a visit to Todd Mitchell and the original Mr. Crabtree at Crabtree Hot Springs.

Thanks for your flowers for the Yuki Tribe.


There never was a marker.

Gravesite Details Lat 39.474325 Long -122.853054

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