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Leroy R Hafen
Charles E Hanson jr
Harvey L Carter
Marginal Men: Lesser Lights of the Fur Trade in the American West, 1800-1865
Alphabetical listing of lesser-known men employed in the American fur trade from 1800-1865. Information contained within the publication was compiled from the research notes of Museum of the Fur Trade...
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...
Medicine Snake Woman
Article describing the life of Natawista (Natoyist-Siksina), also known as Medicine Snake Woman. A Blackfoot Indian born in 1824, she married fur trader Alexander Culbertson in 1840, and became an important...
Missouri Heritage: Spanish Fur Trader Served State Well
Portrait and biographical article about Manuel Lisa (1772-1820), "the champion of a tough band of fur traders" based in Saint Louis, "help[ing] to plot and establish the Oregon Trail." Description of his...
Moonlighting on the Lewis and Clark Expedition
Article discusses the importance of the fur trade before, during, and after the Lewis and Clark Expedition. Includes a full-page chart of "Beaver Caught and Killed by the Corps of Discovery" members while...
More Reports of the Fur Trade and Inland Trade to Mexico
Second in a two-part series of articles reproducing letters and other reports by prominent fur traders or government officials involved in the fur trade or inland trade with Mexico in 1831. Among the report...
Mountain Man John Brown, Sr.
May 22, 1905
Photo and chapter of the book about mountain man John Brown, Sr. (1817-1899), born in Worcester, Massachusetts, and dying in San Bernadino, California, not to be confused with the abolitionist John Brown...
News from Council Bluffs - 1845
Transcribed letter written by a reporter for the Missouri Reporter newepaper to its editor sometime in June or July of 1845. The letter mentions the arrival of Major T. H. Harvey to Council Bluffs and...
Nicholas Jarrot and His Cahokia Mansion
While the article describes the mansion built by Nicholas Jarrot, a French immigrant who arrived in America in 1791, New Orleans in 1793, and Cahokia in 1794, it also gives information about Jarrot and...
Old Job, New World
"Fur trading in Missouri can be traced back to the earliest settlers." The Veirs family of Unionville can trace their ancestry back to French fur traders that settled in the area in 1754. Today, the family...
On History. ..Trade with Indians Is K. C.'s First Business
Article about the early history of Kansas City and the Indian culture preceding white people in the area.
Papers of French Settlers Record Kansas City's Business Beginnings
Description of the role of Francois Chouteau, "[b]est known of the French fur traders to settle here [in Kansas City]," in the early settlement and growth of Kansas City, starting in 1821, with the fur...
Pappan's Ferry and the Oregon-California Trail
Illustrations, maps, and article about the Pappan's Ferry, a ferry on the Kansas River at Topeka, Kansas established by Joseph Pappan (a French fur trader from Saint Louis) in 1842 originally for "the...
Partners in Pelts
History of the ties between the early white civilization of Missouri and the fur trade of the French-speaking Chouteau family in the late 1700s and early 1800s, describing their partnership with the Osage...
Percussion Fur Trade Guns
Summary of percussion system firearms used in the American fur trade. Flint and percussion system firearms are compared. The article focuses upon pistols, rifles, northwest guns, fine guns, and cappers....
Physiographic Map Showing the Routes of Ashley and Smith
Map traces two routes forged, one each, by fur-traders William Henry Ashley and Jedediah Strong Smith.
Pierre Chouteau, Entrepreneur as Indian Agent
Article about the "career of Pierre Chouteau, Jr. [or Jean Pierre Chouteau, 1758-18??, the father of Francois Chouteau], a prominent French fur trader who served as the American government's first Indian...
Pierre Chouteau, Jr. and Company
There are numerous references in the book to the Chouteau family and in particular Pierre Chouteau, Jr. and his involvement in the fur trade on the upper Missouri River. The focus of the book is the history...
Pioneer Life in Southwest Missouri
Reminiscence about the construction of the Wornall House during the Civil War and the poor economic and employment climate of the Kansas City and Westport areas in the late 1850s.
Biography of Lewis Lindsay Dyche, a professor and early settler of Kansas. The author states that Dyche graduated from the University of Kansas in 1877 and became a professor of zoology. His explorations...
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