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Leroy R Hafen
Charles E Hanson jr
Harvey L Carter
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...
A Trader's License
A transcribed license issued to Joseph Bissonette by a U.S. Indian Agent in 1851. The license is presented as a typical example of the type of documents issued to traders involved in the Western fur trade...
An Oglala Sioux Winter Count
An Oglala Sioux winter count transcribed by Mrs. J. F. Waggoner from information provided by Makula, a Sioux medicine man and prophet. The count lists names, places, and other details related to Sioux...
An Unknown Factor?: The Role of African-Americans in the Fur Trade at Fort Union
Article that summarizes the activities of African-Americans involved with the upper-Missouri River fur trade at Fort Union. The author asserts that the proportion of African-Americans involved with the...
Biographical sketch of Andrew Drips (~1790-1860), reprinted from a book entitled "The Rocky Mountain Journals of William Marshall Anderson," describing his life and career. He was born in Pennsylvania...
Annals of the City of Kansas: Embracing Full Details of the Trade and Commerce of the Great Western Plains
Information about Indian trade, starting with 1839.
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...
Bad Medicine: Medical Knowledge and Practice of the Upper Missouri Fur Trade
The article begins with a summary of various medicines and medical practices used by fur traders on the North American frontier. The next section is a transcription of various portions of Robert Thomas'...
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...
Beads of the Plains Fur Trade, 1775-1875
Photograph and accompanying article that describe a portion of the Museum of the Fur Trade's Native American bead collection. The article describes how various tribes involved with the upper-Missouri River...
Article describing a rifle made by Renaud Beauvais, a St. Louis-based gunsmith from 1838 until at least 1875. The author states that Renaud was the brother of Geminen Beauvais Jr. and that he was born...
Becoming "a Nation of Quakers": The Removal of the Osage Indians from Missouri
Illustrations, map, and article about the removal of the Osage Indians from Missouri in the early 1800s after "half a century" as "the preeminent fur suppliers to the St. Louis market under the French...
Before Lewis and Clark: The Story of the Chouteaus, the French Dynasty That Ruled America's Frontier
This book traces some of the early generations of the Chouteau family starting with Auguste, son of René Augustin Chouteau and Marie Thérèse Bourgeois and the descendants of Marie and Pierre Laclède...
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.
Before the Wagons Came
Article details the history of the fur trade in the Pacific Northwest. The trade in this region was initiated by John Jacob Astor, who founded "Fort Astoria" at the mouth of the Columbia River from which...
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