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Leroy R Hafen
Charles E Hanson jr
Harvey L Carter
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...
Frontiersmen and Fur Traders
Mostly newspaper clippings about the fur trade and notable frontiersmen and fur traders on the Oregon and California Trails, etc.
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...
Biographical information about William Gillis (1797-1868), a soldier in Indian battles against Tecumseh later establishing Indian trading posts. Moved to Kansas City in 1830 with finest house in the area...
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...
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...
Illustrations and information on William Sublette (1799-1845), arriving in Saint Charles, Missouri Territory in 1818 as one of the original fur traders in the Rocky Mountains, co-organizer of the Kansas...
William S. Chick
Bio of William S. Chick from Virginia, involved in the War of 1812, and settling in Westport in 1836 with a log business struck repeatedly by floods. Began ferry service facilitating fur trade. First to...
Indian Treaty Signed at Ft. Osage November 10, 1808
Series of manuscripts (numbers 1, 2, 3, and 4) about Fort Osage, its fur trading "factory system" with the Osage Indians, and its protective function against the Indians' hostilities.
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...
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.
Information on Antoine Robidoux (1794-1860), a fur trader "called 'the knight of the Colorado river fur trade.'" Brother of Louis Robidoux (1796-1868) and Joseph Robidoux (1783-1868) becoming a Santa Fe...
Illustration and information on Joseph Robidoux (1783-1868), a prominent western fur trader, founder of Saint Joseph, Missouri about 1826, and brother of Antoine Robidoux and Louis Robidoux, et al. Son...
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.
Three Years among the Indians and Mexicans
Copy of a contract between the Saint Louis Missouri Fur Company and fur trader Thomas James from 1809, including a list of deserters from his group, responsible for stealing his canoe.
Letters by Governor Vaudreueil (full name and title Francois-Pierre Rigaud, Baron de Cavagnial, Marquis de Vaudreuil) to the minister of colonies in France, from 1743 to 1747, with references about Fort...
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...
Portrait and biographical sketch of Benjamin McLean, a Kansas City tanner with his store at 10th and Hickory Streets in the West Bottoms ("West Kansas") but initially at 13th and Grand Avenues, with residence...
Forty Years a Fur Trader on the Upper Missouri: The Personal Narrative of Charles Larpenteur, 1833-1872
Photo and bio of Malcolm Clark (1817-1869), a fur trader of the Rocky Mountains after moving from Indiana and then Texas.
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