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A History of Treaty-Making and Reservations

A History of Treaty-Making and
    Reservations on the Olympic Peninsula

  •  A Reservation for the Hoh

Like their close neighbors the Quileute, the Hoh also, as noted above, refused to move off their lands and onto the reservation, remaining in their village at the mouth of the Hoh River-with a settlement on Destruction Island as well-as perhaps the most isolated group of Indians on the Olympic Peninsula. (See Report of the Washington Superintendency, 1872.) Indian Agent Charles Willoughby described the Hoh as good neighbors to both the Quileute and white settlers, noting that the Hoh were "a decidedly peace-loving people, and hospitable towards their white brother at all times." (See Quinaielt Agency Report, 1886.)

Figure 13. Hoh Village, Hoh Indian Reservation, Washington, 1905
University of Washington Libraries Digital Collections, American Indians of the Pacific Northwest Collection

At the same time efforts were being made to secure the Quileute a reservation of their own, a similar effort was being made on behalf of the Hoh until, on September 11, 1893, President Grover Cleveland signed the order establishing the Hoh Reservation-approximately one-square mile of land on the south side of the Hoh River. (See Executive Orders.)

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