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Zebulon Montgomery Pik...
Leroy R Hafen
Harvey L Carter
''Sent Out By Our Great Father'': Zebulon Montgomery Pike's Journal and Route Across Kansas, 1806
Article looks at Zebulon Pike and his time in Kansas and includes a reprint of Zebulon Pike's journal, September 3 - November 11, 1806 as well as Pike's instructions contained in two letters from General...
. ..Jean Laffite and Joseph Robidoux
Portraits and biographical article about the correspondence starting in 1818 between Joseph Robidoux (a Saint Louis businessman and founder of Saint Joseph, Missouri of French descent) and Jean Laffite...
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 French Canadian Family among Western Pathfinders
October 16, 1924
Illustrations and biographical article about the Robidoux family of fur traders in Missouri and the far west including Louis Robidoux and especially his brother Joseph Robidoux III (1763-1868), founder...
A Friend of ''Jim'' Bridger
November 21, 2005
Article describes a man's encounter with legendary explorer Jim Bridger in the Spring of 1850. William Walker, of Scandia, Kansas, was welcomed by Bridger in a small Indian village in Utah while travelling...
A History of the Missouri River
March 20, 1905
Lengthy article on the history of the Missouri River since its first encounter with European explorers, starting with Coronado in 1540-1542 and observations by Marquette and Joliet in 1673. Description...
A Kansan among the Indians
Book review of "Willie Whitewater, the Story of W. R. Honnell's Life and Adventures among the Indians as He Grew Up with the State of Kansas" by Caroline Cain Durkee. Description of the book's subject,...
A Map of Lewis and Clark's Track, Across the Western Portion of North America
Facsimile of map showing Lewis and Clark's journey "from the Mississippi to the Pacific Ocean by Order of the Executive of the United States in 1804, 5 & 6." Indian tribal areas are labeled, streams, rivers,...
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...
A New Court Date Downtown
July 6, 2006
The Explorers' 2006 World Team-Tennis season will be played on a 66-by-128- foot slab of asphalt on the deck of Barney Allis Plaza. It will be surrounded by bleachers and vendor areas. The team's first...
A Rare Old Book Reveals an Unsung Hero in Earliest Kansas City History
Illustration, and biographical article about Sacajawea (ca. 1785-1812 ca.), a Shoshone Indian guide on the Lewis and Clark expedition and wife of French fur trader Toussaint Charbonneau (1759-1840 ca.)...
A Restless Missourian Laid Claim to the West
File contains an article about Missourian explorer of the West, William Ashley (ca. 1782-1838), in a review of a book about him and his arrival in Missouri territory in about 1802 and serious exploration...
A Trapper's Tale: The Exciting Life of S. E. Ward Half a Century Ago
Biographical article about Seth Ward, a western trader and real estate investor of Westport and Independence, Missouri, featuring details of his Rocky Mountain career starting in 1838.
Advertising Card Scrapbook Page 80 with Kansas City Businesses
Scrapbook page containing 11 advertising cards including four for businesses in Kansas City, Missouri. The cards show the following:
1. A woman's face over a field of cows. Card says: "The Great American...
Affluent Jackson Countian: Dr. David Waldo, Medic-Santa Fe Trader, Built Vast Empire Here
Photo (of Waldo Douglas Sloan, or Waldo Sloan, grandson of David Waldo) and biographical article about Dr. David Waldo (1802-1878), "physician, Santa Fe trader, and capitalist" of early Jackson County,...
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...
Alfred Jacob Miller
Illustrations and information on Alfred Jacob Miller, or Alfred Miller (1810-1874), a native of Baltimore and a painter and explorer of western scenes on the Overland Trail (or Oregon Trail) leaving out...
America's Great Waterways: Bound for the Wild Missouri
Illustrations, map, photos, and article about the role of the Missouri River in the history of the settlement of the West, with descriptions of related cities (including Kansas City), towns, steamboats,...
Amplissima Regionis Mississipi seu Provinciae Ludovicianae
Continuation of catalog title: "A R.P. Ludovico Hennepin Francisc Miss. in America septentrionali anno 1687 detectae, nunc Gallorum coloniis et actionem negotiis toto orbe celeberrimae."
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