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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...
Chapter of the book about Ezekiel Williams (ca. 1775-1844), a fur trapper born in Kentucky and traveling up the Missouri River from Saint Louis in 1807 (through the site of Kansas City) and again in 1809...
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...
First Year Fur Trapper: Lessons Learned and Earned in the Field
An agriculture teacher shares lessons learned from his first trapping season.
Flanders Callaway, a Frontier Type
Biographical article about Flanders Callaway (1752-1824), an explorer of Missouri Territory and the namesake of Callaway County, Missouri, with a photo of his home. Description of his life and family from...
Following Mountain Man Jim Bridger
The author traces Jim Bridger's trail beginning in Billings, Montana. Bridger is considered "the most famous mountain man" next to Kit Carson. As a fur trader, Bridger trapped throughout the northern Rocky...
Short description of the building and maintenance of Fort Carondelet by the Chouteaus for their fur trade.
[Auguste] Chouteau obtained a monopoly of the Osage trade in 1794, and kept it until 1802....
Fort Carondelet and Osage Amour Propre
Fort Carondelet was built by the Chouteau Family in 1794 and was situated south of Kansas City in what is now Vernon County, Missouri. The article describes some of the relationships between the French...
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...
Fort Clark Trading Post State Historic Site
Brief article about the Fort Clark Trading Post that was preserved in 1936 by the North Dakota State Historical Society. "In 1831 the post now known as Fort Clark was built as one of the three most important...
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...
Fort Osage and George Champlin Sibley
Article about the life of George Sibley, the first "appointed United States factor, or trader at Fort Osage in 1808," including the operation of the fort until 1822 and later events such as the foundation...
Fort Osage Unique--Restoration Only One of Its Type in the U. S.
Article about the restoration of Fort Osage, with some of its history during its operation from 1808 to 1822, including explanation of the "factory system" of Indians trading their furs for "various 'white...
Fort Pierre in 1854
Transcription of an item that was published in the New York Daily Tribune in 1854. The article describes the condition of and trading activity centered around Fort Pierre on the Missouri River at that...
Fort St. Vrain
Article about the history of Fort St. Vrain, a fur trading post established on the South Platte River in Colorado by "the Bent and St. Vrain Company" as "a supplement to their famous Bent's Fort on the...
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.
Founding of St. Louis: A New French Frontier at the End of Empire
Description of events leading up to the founding of St. Louis, "the refuge of all the French" along the Missouri River frontier. Includes color picture of Auguste Chouteau portrait, maps, and other illustrations....
Fraeb's Last Fight and How Battle Creek Got Its Name
Historical article about Henry Fraeb, "partner in the famous Rocky Mountain Fur Company and subsequently proprietor on the South Platte River." Fraeb was a mountain man in northern Colorado and a German...
Frontiersmen and Fur Traders
Mostly newspaper clippings about the fur trade and notable frontiersmen and fur traders on the Oregon and California Trails, etc.
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