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1. Explorers In This Area Explorers In This Area File contains information about various explorers of the Kansas City and Missouri areas, including early Spanish, French, and English explorations back to the 1500s through the fur traders and mountain...

2. James Beckworth James Beckworth File containing illustrations and information about James Beckwourth (ca. 1795-1864), an early African American mountain man of the Rocky Mountains. He passed through the Kansas City area several times...

3. John C. Fremont John C. Fremont File contains biographical information about General John Charles Fremont (1813-1890), the "Pathfinder of the West," who was born in Georgia and became an army expeditioner starting in the 1830s. He made...

4. Robert Campbell Robert Campbell Information about Robert Campbell, an Irish fur trader in Saint Louis by 1824 in company of Jim Bridger, Kit Carson, and Thomas Fitzpatrick. Said to be one of the greatest aids to the government in Indian...

5. Robidoux Family Robidoux Family Information on Louis Robidoux, a Santa Fe trader starting in 1821 moving to California in 1844 and becoming an early government official there. Brother of Antoine Robidoux and Joseph Robidoux born in Saint...

6. Robidoux Family Robidoux Family Information on Michel Robidoux, a fur trapper in New Mexico, Arizona, and Wyoming in the early and middle 19th century, born in Saint Louis in 1798 as the brother of Francois Robidoux (born in 1788), Louis...

7. Henry Rowe Schoolcraft Henry Rowe Schoolcraft Photo, illustrations, and information on Henry Rowe Schoolcraft, or Henry Schoolcraft (1793-1864), an early American ethnologist and pioneer Missouri journalist and mining expert. Native of New York moving...

8. Cornelius Gilliam Cornelius Gilliam Paper about the life of Cornelius Gilliam, a western explorer born probably in North Carolina and moving to Clay County, Missouri, by 1821. He became sheriff during the Blackhawk War and the Mormon expulsion,...

9. Joseph Walker Joseph Walker Portrait and information on Joseph Reddeford Walker, or Joseph Walker (1798-1876), "ranked with [Jedediah] Smith, [Kit] Carson, Jim Bridger, Old Bill Williams and others as an explorer and pathfinder"...

10. The Charbonneau Family in Kansas City The Charbonneau Family in Kansas City Information about the Charbonneau family in the Kansas City area and around Kansas, including Elizabeth, Lizette, Jean-Baptiste, Pierre, et al., descended from early French settlers of the area, including...

11. Thomas Fitzpatrick Thomas Fitzpatrick Bio of Thomas Fitzpatrick (1799-1854), a guide of the Rocky Mountains and mid-19th century resident of Westport at the southeast corner of Broadway and Westport Roads, born in Ireland and beginning in...

12. Daniel Boone: Explorer, Land-Pilot and Surveyor Daniel Boone: Explorer, Land-Pilot and Surveyor Manuscript (number 8) about explorer Daniel Boone's (1734-1820) influences on and experiences in Missouri, including his hunting trip at Fort Osage in 1816. Born near Reading, Pennsylvania, dying in Boonslick,...

13. Major Moses Harris Major Moses Harris Information on Major Moses Harris, often called Black Harris, a Western explorer and fur trapper starting with William Ashley in the 1820s and living in Missouri in the 1830s. He is listed as a native...

14. Solomon Tetherow Solomon Tetherow Photo and information on Solomon Tetherow (1800-1869), leader of a wagon train to Oregon from Saint Joseph to Oregon in 1845 with emigrants from Savannah, Missouri and elsewhere in Platte County. Native...

15. Alfred Jacob Miller 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...

16. Dr. David Waldo Dr. David Waldo Information on Dr. David Waldo (1802-1878), an early physician, western freighter, and real estate investor of Kansas City and Independence becoming the namesake of the Waldo area of the southwestern part...

17. Joseph Reddeford Walker Joseph Reddeford Walker Portrait and information on Joseph Reddeford Walker, or Joseph Walker (1798-1876), an early fur trader and pioneer resident of Jackson County. Native of Tennessee coming to Fort Osage about 1818 with his...

18. Joel Walker Joel Walker Information on Joel Walker, a pioneer settler of Jackson County in with his family as a farmer and brother of Joseph Walker. Born in Virginia in 1797 and coming to Fort Osage in 1819 as a veteran of the...

19. Zebulon Pike Zebulon Pike Portraits, photos, and information on Captain Zebulon Montgomery Pike, or Zebulon Pike (ca. 1779-1813), "the discoverer of Pike's Peak in Colorado" in 1806 and an early western explorer "regarding this...

20. Jim Baker Jim Baker 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.