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Leroy R Hafen
Charles E Hanson jr
Harvey L Carter
Fur Traders as Empire-Builders
History of the Missouri Fur Company and the fur trade in general west of the Mississippi River covering mainly the years between 1800 and 1850. Descriptions of several early explorers, such as Manuel Lisa...
Fur, Fortune, and Empire
The author "traces the dramatic rise and fall of the American fur industry, from the first Dutch encounters with the Indians to the rise of the conservation movement in the late nieteenth century."
George C. Yount
Biographical chapter about George C. Yount, or George Yount (1794-1865), a Southwestern fur trader. He was a native of North Carolina raised near Cape Girardeau, Missouri, becoming engaged in the War of...
Hardy as Bears
March 1, 2006
Series of photographs, with biographical annotations, of famous fur trappers and mountain men. Pictured are James P. Beckwourth, Alexis Godey, "Pierre," William Bent, James Baker, Jim Bridger, and Mariano...
Historic Spots or Mile-Stones in the Progress of Wyandotte County, Kansas
Description of the "Four Houses" trading post of 1820, the "oldest, and possibly the principal one of these trading posts. ..located at the present site of Bonner Springs."
History of Early Steamboat Navigation on the Missouri River: Life and Adventures of Joseph La Barge
Book about the steamship travels on the Missouri River by Captain Joseph La Barge from the 1830s to the 1860s, involved with the fur trade especially, with illustrations and photos.
In Search of Furs and Freedom: African-Americans on the Santa Fe Trail
Article describes the Santa Fe Trail involvement of African-Americans. The author specifically details the use of black slaves in the fur trade, as well as naming individuals of African descent who lived...
Independence, Jackson County, Missouri, c. 1827-1844: With Emphasis On Independence As Staging Area For Westward Commercial Movements
A 246-page thesis toward a master's degree from the University of Washington about the role of Independence in 1827-1844 as an outfitting post and starting point for western migration and commerce, including...
Indian Affairs: Note by the Editor of the Register
Editorial (by H. Niles) about the needs for protection and new government posts for "Missouri fur traders" and lead miners on the western frontier from Indian attacks.
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.
James Kipp: Upper Missouri River Fur Trader and Missouri Farmer
Article detailing the life of James Kipp, "a prominent member of two successive fur-trading companies: the short-lived Columbia Fur Company and its successor, the Upper Missouri Outfit of the American...
James MacKay: International Explorer
The authors of this article state that the discovery of manuscript collections in both the New York Historical Society and the Illinois State Depository help to give evidence of MacKay's role in the country's...
May 24, 1905
Portrait and chapter of the book about Jedediah Strong Smith, or Jedediah Smith (1799-1831), a prominent fur trapper and explorer of the far west. Native of New York raised in New England and moving to...
Jeep Trails to Colorado Ghost Towns
Description of the establishment of a Colorado fur trading stockade by the Bent brothers, trappers for the American Fur Company in the 1820s, before "constructing the better known Bent's Fort on the Arkansas"...
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.
May 21, 1905
Photo and chapter of the book about Jim Bridger (1804-1881), "guide, mountaineer, trapper, and Indian fighter," buried in Kansas City. Illustration of his "home in Kansas City, Missouri" by "C. M. Ismert,...
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...
Chapter about John Colter (ca. 1774-1813), a member of the Lewis and Clark expedition, "remembered as the white discoverer of that land of steaming wonders--The Yellowstone, now our oldest and largest...
John Newman: "A Man of Uncommon Activity and Bodily Strength"
A member of the Lewis and Clark Expedition or Corps of Discovery, John Newman is primarily remembered for "his court martial and subsequent expulsion from the Corps of Discovery." The article relates the...
May 22, 1905
Photo and chapter of the book about John Robertson (ca. 1805-1882), a mountain man also known as Jack Robinson, the "first permanent settler in southwestern Wyoming and a fur trader in the region for some...
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