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Leroy R Hafen
Charles E Hanson jr
Harvey L Carter
Joseph Robidoux's Family: Fur Traders and Trail Blazers
Photos, illustrations, and biographical article about the western fur trading family of Joseph Robidoux III (1783-1860). Description of Joseph (founder of Saint Joseph, Missouri) "as an equal of Manuel...
Journal of Rudolph Friederich Kurz
Swiss artist Rudolph Kurz, born in Bern, Switzerland, in 1818 and died there in 1871, came to the American frontier to paint wildlife and Indians. As he journeyed he kept a diary and described in great...
Journal of Rudolph Friederich Kurz: An Account of His Experiences among Fur Traders and American Indians on the Mississippi and the Upper Missouri Rivers during the Years 1846 to 1852
Journals and sketches of artist Rudolph Friederich Kurz, or Rudolph Kurz, of Indians around Saint Joseph, Missouri, in the company of fur trader Joseph Robidoux in the 19th century.
Biographical chapter about Jules DeMun (1782-1843), an early explorer and fur trader of the American Southwest and of the site of Kansas City. He was a native of Haiti and "nobleman by birth" coming to...
Biographical chapter about Christopher Houston Carson, or Kit Carson (1809-1868), a famous mountain man of the West. He was a native of Kentucky raised in Howard County, Missouri and became a saddle maker...
Portrait and chapter in the book about Kit Carson (1809-1868), an explorer and fur trapper of the Far West, perhaps the most famous of the mountain men. He was born as Christopher Houston Carson near Boonesborough,...
Kit Carson Gun
Article describes the various firearms carried by Kit Carson during his career as a fur trader and guide. The author mentions his S. Hawken rifle, his Golcher and Butler of Philadelphia rifle, and his...
La Decouverte du Missouri et L'Histoire du Fort D'Orleans (1673-1728)
Book about the discovery of Missouri and the Missouri River, including the fur trade there, and the foundation of Fort Orleans in the late 1600s and early 1700s, in French.
Last Years of the Missouri Fur Company
Brief article and collection of transcribed letters related to the activities of the Missouri Fur Company. The letters were written by Angus William McDonald, Joshua Pilcher, and Lucien Fontenelle in 1821-1825....
Lewis and Clark Resources
A bibliography of materials related to Lewis and Clark held by the Kansas City Public Library.
Life at Bent's Fort
Abridged reprint of an article originally published in Forest and Stream magazine in 1910. The article describes day-to-day life at Bent's Fort. Topics covered include: holiday celebrations at the fort,...
Liquor Has Been Their Undoing: Liquor Trafficking and Alcohol Abuse in the Lower Missouri Fur Trade
Article about the corrupting effects of alcohol on Indians and "half-breed" Indians in the fur trade area of the Mississippi River valley, especially around Saint Louis, with maps and several illustrations....
May 21, 1905
Photo and chapter of the book about Louis Labonte (~1785-1860), a fur trader in Saint Louis in 1808 and with "the Hunt party of the Astor enterprise (Pacific Fur Company) in 1811" near Saint Joseph on...
Louis Vasquez in Colorado
Article describes the life of mountain man Louis Vasquez, focusing on his years in Colorado. Vasquez was a contemporary of Jim Bridger, Jim Fitzpatrick, and William Sublette, and retired to Westport in...
Louis Vasquez, Mountain Man
Photo and biographical article about "Pierre Louis Vasquez, known simply as Louis Vasquez" (1798-1868), a part Spanish and French mountain man and explorer "born into one of the first families of St. Louis"...
Major John Dougherty
Chapter about Major John Dougherty (1789-1860), "an honorary 'major' by virtue of his role as Indian agent," a native of Kentucky and resident upon retirement of Liberty, Missouri. Photo and description...
Entire issue of the magazine (or journal) devoted to western fur trapper and mountain man Manuel Lisa (1772-1820), with photos, illustrations, and description of his time spent in Saint Louis and Westport,...
Manuel Lisa's Warehouse
January 1, 1948
Extensive, well footnoted article about Manuel Lisa and the warehouse he used on the Levee in St. Louis at the foot of Chesnut Street. At the time of the article, this warehouse had survived as the last...
Map of the Trans-Mississippi Territory of the United States During the Period of the American Fur Trade
Map of the trans-Mississippi area, showing Father Pierre De Smet's travels outlined in red. Also shows the major trails and other points of historical interest.
Marking Missouri History
General history of the fur trade in Missouri, starting with New Orleans merchant Pierre Laclede Liguest and his "assistant, a teenager named Auguste Chouteau," settlers of Saint Louis in 1764. Includes...
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