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Antoine Robidoux, Kingpin in the Colorado River
July 1, 1930
Story about trapper and trader Antoine Robidoux, a leading mountain man. According to the article, his account of California influenced the first overland emigrants in 1841. He was one of six Robidoux...
Bent's Old Fort and Its Builders
Photos and article about Bent's Fort in southeastern Colorado as a stop near the Santa Fe Trail and its builders (mainly members of the Bent family of Missouri) and other traders there such as mountain...
Biography of Jacques Fournais (1750?-1871), Explorer and Fur Trader
Biography of Seth Ward (1820-1903), Frontier Trader
Experiences at Fort Bridger, with the Shoshones and in Early Colorado
Autobiographical article about Hiram Vasquez, a Santa Fe trader and native Missourian, written in 1930. Description of his upbringing with his step-father Louis Vasquez (1798-1868), a trading partner of...
Group to Mark First Ascent of Long's Peak
August 21, 1968
Biographical article about L. W. Keplinger, a lawyer from Kansas City, Kansas, "credited for being the first to blaze the trail as one of eight men in the Powell-Byers party" to Long's Peak in Colorado...
Here Lies Kansas City: A Collection of Our City's Notables and Their Final Resting Places
Photo and bio of Seth Ward (1820-1903), "Indian trader, frontiersman, Westport banker, fur trapper, contemporary and friend of William Bent, as well as sutler of Fort Laramie" in Wyoming. Native of Virginia...
Information about Jim Baker (1818-187?), an explorer of the West involved in the fur trade in the Rocky Mountains with a cabin on the Little Snake River valley in Colorado.
Lewis and Clark Resources
A bibliography of materials related to Lewis and Clark held by the Kansas City Public Library.
Louis Vasquez in Colorado
Article describes the life of mountain man Louis Vasquez, focusing on his years in Colorado. Vasquez was a contemporary of Jim Bridger, Jim Fitzpatrick, and William Sublette, and retired to Westport in...
One Nation Among Many: The Origins and Objectives of Pike's Southwest Expedition
Zebulon Pike's Southwest Expedition is explored in this article in Kansas History, part of the magazine's celebration of the 200th anniversary of the expedition. Pike's travels grew out of the Louisiana...
Pike of Pike's Peak
Biographical article about Zebulon Montgomery Pike, or Zebulon Pike (1779-1813), an early explorer of Kansas Territory including Pike's Peak (a mountain named for him in Colorado, then part of Kansas Territory)...
Excerpts from Zebulon Montgomery Pike's journal of his Southwestern Expedition of 1806-1807. This material dates from December 1-January 5, 1807, and recounts the expedition's time on the Arkansas River...
Information on Antoine Robidoux (1794-1860), a fur trader "called 'the knight of the Colorado river fur trade.'" Brother of Louis Robidoux (1796-1868) and Joseph Robidoux (1783-1868) becoming a Santa Fe...
Seth E. Ward Residence
Photos, maps, and information about the former farm of western trader William Bent (1809-1869), later part of the Seth Ward (1820-1903) residence at 1022 West 55th Street, adjacent to and overlapping Loose...
Spanish Expeditions into Colorado
Article provides a chronological history of Spanish expeditions into or through Colorado that are not often cited in such histories or lists. The first part covers expeditions taking place in the period...
The Bean-Sinclair Party of Rocky Mountain Trappers, 1830-32
Historical article about trapping explorations of the early 1830s, following developments in the early 1800s by the Chouteaus and Osage Indians, among others, starting in and around Fort Smith, Arkansas....
The David Adams Journals
Transcribed journal entries of David Adams from 1841-1845. Adams was an explorer of the Missouri Valley region and participant in the Western fur trade during this time period. His journal entries describe...
The Exploration of an Embryo Empire: A Serial Story of the Thrilling Adventures of Capt. John C. Fremont, in His Early Exploration of the Rocky Mountain Country
Three-part series of biographical articles about John Fremont (1813-1890) and his expeditions to the Rocky Mountains starting in the early 1840s. Later a Union general in the Civil War engaged in the Kansas...
The First to Climb Long's Peak
September 17, 2022
Illustrations, portrait, and biographical article about Judge Lewis Keplinger, a lawyer of Kansas City, Kansas and former member of the first party to climb Long's Peak in the Colorado Rocky Mountains...
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