In this gallery, you may view several of the sketches and artworks produced by Gustav Sohon while traveling on the 1855 Treaty Trail. Sohon, an army private, witnessed and contributed to some of the most important events in the history of the Northwest.
Because of Sohon’s artistic talent, Governor Isaac Stevens asked him to document events of the journey and treaty council with Native American tribes. Sohon learned the languages of the native peoples and many allowed him to draw pictures of them. In many cases, these are the only remaining visual records of these individuals.
Additional objects, images, and ephemera pertaining to this subject can be found (and searched for) in the various collections presented on our Online Collections page.