Captain Dick and Richard Pugh

Captain Dick and Richard Pugh (HM6MN)

Location: Fall River Mills, CA 96028 Shasta County
Country: United States of America

N 41° 5.318', W 121° 30.861'

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In Commemoration of
Captain Dick and Richard Pugh

The 1850's saw tension and turmoil between the early settlers and the native peoples of the Fall River Valley.

Richard Pugh, a native of Wales, was chosen by Lt. George Crook to be his guide when he and his company were sent to Fall River Valley in 1857. In October 1857 Lt. Crook was transferred to the Klamath Area in Northern California. He asked his guide, Dick Pugh, to remain in the Fall River Valley and help to complete the building of Fort Crook.

Richard Pugh remained in the valley for the rest of his life. He and his wife adopted an Indian boy and reared him. At the age of 16, this young man, known as Captain Dick, became the leader of the Achumawis. Under his leadership peace was maintained in Fall River Valley, and requests for assistance from other tribes including the Modocs for their long war were declined.

Captain Dick died at the age of 34. Three hundred persons attended his funeral. His place of burial is about two miles east of this monument, at the far end of Creighton Drive.

Richard Pugh died at Ft. Crook and was buried there the year that the fort was abandoned. All graves were transferred to other places, but less than half had markers. He is one of the unknowns.

Additional information is available at the Fort Crook Museum.
HM NumberHM6MN
Placed ByFort Crook Historical Society, American Legion Post 369, McDonald's Chapel Burney
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Tuesday, September 9th, 2014 at 6:48pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)10T E 624779 N 4549659
Decimal Degrees41.08863333, -121.51435000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 41° 5.318', W 121° 30.861'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds41° 5' 19.08" N, 121° 30' 51.66" W
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Area Code(s)530
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 41255 McArthur Rd, Fall River Mills CA 96028, US
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