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Lewis and Clark Expedi...
John Edward Hicks
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 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 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.
An Old Frontiersman: Jim Bridger, Hunter, Guide and Scout, Dies Near New Santa Fe
File containing an obituary for Jim Bridger (1804-1881), "known as old frontiersman, plainsman and guide for over a quarter of a century" before dying "near New Santa Fe, in this county." Native of Virginia...
Articles Written by John Edward Hicks
A collection of 163 pages of photocopied newspaper articles from the Kansas City Star and Kansas City Times authored by John Edward Hicks, a proofreader and reporter for the Star. Most of the articles...
Before He Was 20, F. X. Aubry Blazed to Fame
File contains an article on Francis Aubry, or Francois Aubrey, and his short but exciting life as a trader and explorer on the Santa Fe Trail in the mid-1800s.
Bend of the River: Kansas City in the 19th Century
First in a monthly series of special sections of the Star on Kansas City in the 19th century. Focus on the earliest known European visits and settlements prior to the 1838 Town of Kansas, beginning with...
Breadtray Mountain's Ghosts Still Walk: An Ozark Cave, Treasure and Spanish Explorers Make Tale Interesting
File containing an article about tales of ghosts of Spanish explorers at Breadtray Mountain in the Ozarks, with a map of its location near the Arkansas border.
Captain James Kipp
Photo, illustrations, and biographical article about Captain James Kipp (1788-1880), an explorer who "established trading posts for the fur companies and serving as captain of the boats carrying the pelts...
Captain Kipp, Renowned Fort Builder and Trader, a Platte County Settler
Illustration and biographical article about Captain James Kipp (1788-1880), a steamboat captain and Indian trader along the Missouri River valley in the 19th century. Description of his life and career,...
Dust of Oblivion Is Gathering on This Area's Forgotten Mountain Men
Biographical article about local mountain men and former residents of the Kansas City area, especially Major Andrew Drips (here listed as "Andrew J. Dripps"), Louis Vasquez, and Jim Bridger, among others...
Map, caption, and article about Dr. E. R. Heath, or Edwin Heath, a physician in Kansas City, Kansas, and an explorer in South America starting in 1872, discovering rivers and river headwaters in the Andes...
Fascinating Doctor Waldo
File containing an article with photos and biographical description of Dr. David Waldo (1802-1878), namesake of the "community of Waldo" in Kansas City. Native of Virginia moving to Gasconade County, Missouri...
Fred Funston: A Forgotten Hero?
Photos and article about Frederick Funston (1865-1917), or Fred Funston, the "youngest brigadier general in the U. S. Army at the time" of the Spanish-American War in 1902, a native of Ohio raised in Kansas...
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...
Honor Kansas City Explorer after Half a Century: Dr. Edwin R. Heath, 3343 Forest Avenue, Who Discovered South American River in 1880, Given Unique Distinction
Photos, illustrations, and biographical article about Dr. Edwin Heath, a Kansas City physician and explorer and mapper of a previously undiscovered South American River called the Beni in 1880, with the...
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