170 years ago today - Apr 27, 1847
While hunting on the pioneer trek west Orrin Porter Rockwell advances toward what he thinks is a wolf in the tall grass. "The moment he elevated his rifle 15 Indians sprang to their feet, all naked except the breech cloth, and armed with rifles and bows and arrows. Each man having a rifle slung on his back, and his bow strung tight in his hand and about 20 arrows." The Indians ask for "bacco, bacco." They are told there is no tobacco. The Indians fire six shots at Rockwell and his companions as they ride toward the main encampment.