In Chance Meeting, Norm Adams says, “With the seasons in the Fort Walla Walla Regions about to make its long awaited change from winter to spring, activity at the Fort was a flurry of excitement with the opportunity to get out of the cramped quarter of a long stay.
Meanwhile, spirits running high, a scout is dispatched to the Mountains in search of the possibility of game and to dispel rumor that the local Natives were massing together for a possible run on the Fort.
The massacre of the Whitman’s still fresh in the minds of those assigned to the Fort and the Treaty of Fifty-five just signed in the summer past, all those at the Fort, still know that any rumor can be a serious threat and the order is still in effect that settlers are not permitted in the region.
The Fort, located on the Mill creek at the Nez Perce Trail head is a short travel of the Blue Mountains, a US Army Post established to maintain peace in the region. The scout dispatched, heads for the mountains and in this scene depicted here in a Painting done by nationally known artist, Norm Adams. However, the scout has now become the hunted, even for the best trained, nature can still spring a sudden surprise.
A scout and his fine steed have just experienced a “Chance Meeting.”
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