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Leroy R Hafen
Harvey L Carter
Merrill J Mattes
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 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 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 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...
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)...
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...
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...
Biography of Jacques Fournais (1750?-1871), Explorer and Fur Trader
Biography of Seth Ward (1820-1903), Frontier Trader
Blazing the Mullan Road
September 1, 2006
Article describes historical and contemporary travel along the road from Walla Walla, Washington, to Fort Benton, Missouri. Fort Benton, constructed in 1849, was once an important fur trading post, and...
Brother to the Fur Trappers of Old
Article describes the life of Eric Russell, a native Kansan who strives to capture the way of life of a fur trapper as a historic re-enactor.
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,...
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...
Title continues, "David Thompson, Thomas Jefferson and the Corps of Discovery traveled similar paths throughout their careers."
In 1797-1798, David Thompson, a fur trader and cartographer for the...
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...
Don Benito Vasquez in Early Saint Louis
Biographical article about Don Benito Vasquez (1738-1810), an early Spanish settler of Saint Louis, Missouri. Native of Spain emigrating to Saint Louis in 1869 as a soldier under Lieutenant Pedro Piernas...
Early History of Greater Kansas City, Missouri and Kansas: The Prophetic City at the Mouth of the Kaw
Portrait and caption about "Manuel de Lisa," usually referred to as Manuel Lisa, one of the first great fur traders, with a special concession from the Spanish government, controlling the fur trade with...
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