Elijah Nichols Wilson

Elijah Nichols Wilson Born: 1845

Died: December 26, 1916, Wilson, Wyoming

"Uncle Nick" Wilson was taken to Utah by his parents in 1850. At the age of nine he was adopted by Chief Washakie's mother, with whom he lived among the Shoshones for about two years. He then returned to his own family.

In 1860, when he was fifteen, he was hired as a Pony Express rider and put in Egan's Division between Shell Creek and Deep Creek. When his Pony Express days were over he avoided towns and thickly populated areas to live on the frontier.

In his latter years, he lived in Jackson's Hole, Wyoming, and died near the little town of Wilson, named in his honor

Wilson's story is told in his autobiography The White Indian Boy: The Story of Uncle Nick Among the Shoshones.

Wind River is movie based on Wilson's The White Indian Boy.