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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...
Extensive information on Jim Bridger (1804-1881), one of the greatest Western guides from the early 1820s to the Civil War, including the founding of Fort Bridger and the site selection for the first railroad...
James Bridger as Westport Knew Him
Article collecting "a few local stories not usually found in print" about Jim Bridger, known of or living in the Kansas City area from the 1850s to the early 1880s, telling briefly of his various wives,...
James Bridger, the Greatest Rocky Mountain Scout
Biographical article about Jim Bridger, "the uncrowned king of all the Rocky Mountain scouts of half a century ago." The author relates his experiences traveling in the West and Southwest with Bridger...
James MacKay: International Explorer
The authors of this article state that the discovery of manuscript collections in both the New York Historical Society and the Illinois State Depository help to give evidence of MacKay's role in the country's...
James P. Beckwourth
File contains information about James Beckwourth, an explorer of the West, including California and the Santa Fe Trail, in the 1830s-1840s.
Jedediah S. Smith and the Settlement of Kansas
Biographical article about Jedediah Strong Smith, or Jedediah Smith (1799-1830), an early mountain man exploring the Kansas Territory on his travels to the Rocky Mountains (including to Santa Fe starting...
May 24, 1905
Portrait and chapter of the book about Jedediah Strong Smith, or Jedediah Smith (1799-1831), a prominent fur trapper and explorer of the far west. Native of New York raised in New England and moving to...
Jedediah Strong Smith: Trails West
Article gives a biography of famed mountain man and early western explorer, Jedediah Smith. Describes him as a captain, explorer, geographer, entrepreneur, and hero. Includes a map of his travels in the...
Jefferson's Salt Mountain: The Big Salt Plain of the Cimarron River
Photos, illustrations, and biographical article about George Sibley (1782-1863), operator of Fort Osage (in present-day Jackson County, Missouri) and explorer of the Great Plains in 1811 as part of President...
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.
June 20, 1905
Photo and entry about James Bridger, or Jim Bridger (1804-1881), "[m]ountain man, fur trader, and guide" of Westport and a native of Virginia.
Small, 19th century seated portrait of Jim Bridger. Worded on the back of the photograph as "James Bridger, father of Mrs. Wachsman. Taken for sons in 1857. Granddaughter, Mrs. Louise C. Lightle".
Copies of two paintings of Jim Bridger wearing armor on horseback in 1837 in the Far West, "the only approximation of one [a portrait] before Bridger's old age," by Alfred Jacob Miller.
May 21, 1905
Photo and chapter of the book about Jim Bridger (1804-1881), "guide, mountaineer, trapper, and Indian fighter," buried in Kansas City. Illustration of his "home in Kansas City, Missouri" by "C. M. Ismert,...
June 7, 1905
Biography of James Bridger, or Jim Bridger (1804-1881), "frontiersman," born in Richmond, Virginia. Beginning as a boy he explored the West including the Rocky Mountains. He lived intermittently at a farmhouse...
Jim Bridger Collection Finding Aid
This one box, 16 folder collection includes photographs, photocopied correspondence, newspaper clippings, and charts. The 24 photographs in this collection are primarily of Bridger relatives including...
Jim Bridger's Son?
Biographical article about western explorer and Westport resident James Bridger, or Jim Bridger, and his possible son Felix Bridger, a half-Flathead Indian.
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...
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...
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