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Forts & Fortifications
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Floyd C Shoemaker
Robert B Roberts
1826 Plan of the Fort of New Madrid : or, Anse a la Graisse
Map showing area around Fort New Madrid, showing topographical features and some detail of the fort as it was at the time.
A Summer on the Plains
Author recounts a stage ride on the Smoky Hill route into Kansas and being with General Hancock, General Custer and General Sherman and the cavalry dealing with the Indians, especially the Cheyennes. Mentions...
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)...
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 Manifest Destiny
Article describes 16 points of interest in the United States and Canada for people interested in ''Old West'' trading posts and Indian factory replicas.
Bent's Old Fort and Its Builders
Photos and article about Bent's Fort in southeastern Colorado as a stop near the Santa Fe Trail and its builders (mainly members of the Bent family of Missouri) and other traders there such as mountain...
Description of Camp Croghan, the "first military post in Kansas," also called Cantonment Martin, "established in 1818 when Kansas was an unknown portion of the Louisiana Territory" and "winter quarters...
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...
Dear Brother: Letters of William Clark to Jonathan Clark
This page contains a letter written by William Clark from St. Louis on October 1st, 1808, in which William Clark mentions going to "Fire prarie", present day Sibley, Missouri, to build a fort (Fort Osage)....
Defense of the Kansas Frontier, 1864-'65
February 1, 1932
First in a three part series of articles on the defense of Kansas during the end of the Civil War up to the end of the 1860s. Emphasis on military action concerning the Indians in the area and protection...
Early Military Posts, Missions and Camps
General and specific descriptions of various missions, forts, and camps in the history of Kansas and Kansas Territory.
Early-Day Fort Leavenworth, Missouri: Selected Scenes, Episodes and Facts of This Western Outpost from Its Founding to the Mexican War
Map and description of Fort Leavenworth in an 1847 letter of Uriah Thomas, a soldier "en route to Santa Fe and the Mexican War."
Experiences at Fort Bridger with the Shoshones
Autobiographical account of the author, pictured as the son of Louis Vasquez (1798-1868), Jim Bridger's partner at Fort Bridger and in Westport, including their encounters with Shoshone Indians there,...
Explanation of Map
Map and explanation of labeled "places and routes of importance in Kansas previous to 1854," including Cantonment Martin and other forts, the Shawnee Methodist Mission, and various Santa Fe Trail stopping-points...
Fighting the Smallpox Epidemic of 1837-38: The Response of the American Fur Company Traders
Article describes the varied responses of traders working for the American Fur Company at Forts Clark and Union on the upper Missouri River during the smallpox outbreak of 1837 and 1838. A map is provided...
Fort Bridger, Wyoming: A Brief History
Book about the history of Fort Bridger, in Wyoming, during its use on the Oregon and Mormon Trails, etc., from 1843 to 1890, and its preservation in 1929, with several illustrations, photos, and map.
Fort Davy Crockett, Its Fur Men and Visitors
Article about the history of Fort Davy Crockett, a fur trading post in northwest Colorado in the 1830s. Several fur traders, mountain men, and other visitors of the area of the fort are described from...
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