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Ward, Seth E
Santa fe Trail
Saint Vrain, Ceran
Leroy R Hafen
Harvey L Carter
Howard R Lamar
Howard L Conard
1807 Patrick Gass Journal
Sargeant Patrick Gass, a sargeant with the Lewis and Clark expedition, published the first journal after the return of the expedition. The Library acquired the 1807 edition in 1953 with the $35,000 purchase...
A Memorial and Biographical Record of Kansas City and Jackson County, Mo.
Photo and bio of Seth Ward, a pioneer real estate investor and former western trader of Westport. Born in Virginia in 1820 and moving to Independence in 1838 and operating as a trader on the Santa Fe Trail...
A Narrative of Colonel Robert Campbell's Experiences In the Rocky Mountain Fur Trade From 1825 to 1835
In a reprint of Robert Campbell's narrative originally written in 1870, is found a short biography of Robert Campbell. Although the narrative itself was written in Campbell's later years, it still contains...
Description of Alexander Majors by the author, explorer Sir Richard Burton (1821-1890), upon their meeting in Saint Joseph in 1859 as "formerly one of the contractors for supplying the army in Utah--a...
Annual Review of Greater Kansas City Illustrated, 1908
Photos and description of the early fur and Indian trade of the West and its relation to the settlement of Kansas City, discussing the role of local traders such as the Chouteau family, Joseph Guinotte,...
Biographical chapter about Antoine Robidoux (1794-1860), a Southwestern fur trader and early settler of Saint Joseph, Missouri. He was a native of Florissant, Missouri (a suburb of Saint Louis, Missouri)...
Chapter about Elijah Barney Ward, or Barney Ward (1813-1865), "[a] builder of Fort Hall [1834)" and "the man who directed the Death Valley '49ers on their supposed 'shortcut' to California." Native of...
Becknell, William Travel Journals
June 18, 1905
Chapter of the book about the early travel journals of William Becknell (ca. 1787-1856), opener of the Santa Fe Trail in 1821(and later a Missouri state representative), and Meredith Marmaduke (1791-1864),...
Before Lewis and Clark: Documents Illustrating the History of the Missouri, 1785-1804
Excerpts from letters of French, English, and Spanish emissaries, with edited commentary, concerning the exploration of the Missouri River area before the Lewis and Clark expedition, starting with 1785....
Canadians of the West
Biographical description of Jacques Fournais (here called "Fournier"), a Kansas City resident and former "Canadian 'voyageur' ('a man employed by a fur company to transport goods and men to an[d] from...
Ceran St. Vrain
Biographical chapter of the book about Ceran Saint Vrain, or Ceran St. Vrain (1802-1870), a fur trader native to the area of Saint Louis, Missouri raised partly with the family of Bernard Pratte, Sr. He...
Biographical chapter in the book about Charles Bent (1799-1847), "fur trapper and trader, Santa Fe trader, part owner of Bent's Fort on the Arkansas [River], and governor of New Mexico." He was a native...
Description of the first Fremont expedition of 1842 mentions Chouteau's Landing and the trading post of Cyprien Chouteau. While here, Fremont hired Kit Carson to be his guide.
Commonwealth of Missouri; A Centennial Record
Much early history of the Kansas City area, dwelling upon early explorers, settlers, and economy.
Corrections to the Honig Book: Westport, Gateway to the Early West
Corrections to several references in the 1950 book by Louis Honig about John Fremont's locations on his expeditions in the Kansas City area in the early 1840s and early 1860s, including Cyprien Chouteau's...
Short biography of noted frontiersman Daniel Boone (1734-1820) written by R. Douglas Hurt. Includes citations.
Biographical sketch of Colonel Daniel Boone (1734-1820), a famed explorer of the Midwest, especially Kentucky and Missouri, born in Pennsylvania, dying in Missouri, describing his adventures and the lives...
Daniel Morgan Boone
June 21, 1905
Short biography of Daniel and Rebecca Boone's seventh child, Daniel Morgan Boone (1769-1839) written by R. Douglas Hurt. He lived and died in Jackson County, Missouri. Includes citations.
Biographical chapter in the book about Dick Wootton (1816-1893), a Southwestern trader and long-time resident of the Bent's Fort vicinity. He was a native of Virginia moving to Independence, Missouri in...
Dictionary of Missouri Biography
Short biography of French explorer Etienne V. De Bourgmont (1679-1734) written by Frank Norall. This early explorer was the first known white man to explore the lower and middle Missouri River and record...
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