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Promontory Point May 10, 1896

 
On May 10th, 1869 the rails were completed. According to Grenville Dodge, who was present at the ceremony, “there was quite a mix of ethnic groups at the May 10th ceremony including American Indians.”
Nancy Marinda Tracy Moyes gives this account of the day "Now I will tell a little of the history of the great event that took place at Promontory where the train from the East met the train from the West. The Governor from California stepped off his train to meet the great men from the East. There were many cheers, whistles were shrieking and there [were] lots and lots of noise. Flags were waving and the bands played. Among the hundreds of people gathered, there were also many Indians from the Indian Reservations all decked out in their gaudy buckskin clothes, ornamented with lovely colored beads and with many colored feathers in their bonnets. It is a sight not to be forgotten."
The completion of the transcontinental railroad in May 1869 made matters even worse for the Northwestern Shoshone. Large numbers of emigrants could now easily reach Utah and compete with the Shoshone and other Indian groups for land and resources. The new railroad also spawned the birth of Corinne in the heartland of the Shoshone domain a development that from its beginning proved to be problematic to the Indians.
For freight and passengers going from the Central Pacific to the Beaverhead Country by way of the Montana Trail, however, there is a lot of evidence to describe Indian-White relations at the new freight-transfer point at Corinne, Utah. For the Northwestern Shoshone, Corinne was important because the town was located on the west bank of the Bear River just a short distance above it's confluence with Great Salt Lake and within two or three miles of a traditional winter camp of the Shoshone. Furthermore, this place came to be the site where the Utah Indian Agents distributed the northwestern annuity goods every fall, with Pocatello and his tribe nearly always in attendance. This annual event and the daily comings and goings of various Shoshone groups who camped near the town received constant attention from local newspaper editors.
In 1872 Agent M.P. Berry at Fort Hall complained about the Northwestern Bands of Shoshone. Berry had become increasingly frustrated with the Northwestern bands who drew provisions at Fort Hall but did not remain there. Rather, they "scattered along the Rail Road and among the Mormon settlements." Berry recommended that they all be sent to Fort Hall permanently.

 

 
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