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An American Saga: The Walker-Bonneville Episode
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TitleAn American Saga: The Walker-Bonneville Episode
AbstractPhotos, illustrations, and biographical article about Captain Benjamin Louise Eulalie de Bonneville, or Benjamin Bonneville (1796-1878) and his accompaniment by mountain man and "first sheriff of Jackson County" Joseph Reddeford Walker, or Joseph Walker (1798-1876) on an expedition to California in the early 1830s. Description of the story about him by Washington Irving called "The Adventures of Captain Bonneville," his life as a native of France stationed in Arkansas Territory in 1821 as a military officer, and namesake of the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah.
NotesPage 8: "Joseph Reddeford Walker, the first sheriff of Jackson County whose office was created in 1828, has long been forgotten locally, but hecarved a name for himself in rather large latters in the history of the West as the discoverer of the Yosemite Valley and as Fremont's guide in his third expedition to California. Walker--trapper, explorer, guide, sheriff and horse rustler--landed in Independence in 1819, from Virginia by way of Tennessee. The following year, he set out with Col. Stephen Cooper for Taos but they were expelled by the Spanish authorities, and returned to Independence."
AuthorMae Reed Porter
DateMarch 1965
SourceJackson County Historical Society Journal
Locationq977.841 J14j
Volume6
Number16
Page8-10
Local SubjectBonneville, Benjamin L.
Walker, Joseph R.
Irving, Washington
Explorers
IllustrationsNo
Item TypeMagazine Article
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Item ID107522
CONTENTdm number14911
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