Billings resident adopts, restores Canyon Creek Battle memorial

Brett French

Dave Wanzenried hauled eight pickup loads of trash, everything from yard waste to furniture, off the small historic site north of Laurel dedicated in memory of the Canyon Creek Battle.

“I was stunned by what was there,” he said.

Wanzenried, a former state legislator, was unaware of the memorial until he pulled over about two years ago on a drive from his West End home. His education soon turned to action as he sought out the group that erected the shelter and three informational panels.

What he found surprised him. Most of the people behind the Friends of Canyon Creek were either dead or had left the area. So in June, Wanzenried decided to take it upon himself to see the site was repaired and maintained, in the process taking on the title of president of the Friends of Canyon Creek, Inc.

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“I just felt the site had become a disgrace to the memory of the soldiers and Indians who had died there,” he said.

Dave Wanzenried has adopted the Canyon Creek

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