Steamboats West The 1859 American Fur Company Missouri River Expedition

By: Larsen, Lawrence H., Barbara J. Cottrell

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256 pages, map, illustrations. Western Lands and Water Series XXV. "In 1859, the American Fur Company set out on what would then be the longest steamboat trip in North American history-a headline-making, 6,200-mile trek along the Missouri River from St. Louis to Fort Benton in present-day Montana, and back again. Steamboats West is an adventure story that navigates the rocky rapids of the upper Missouri to offer a fascinating account of travel to the raw frontier past the pale of settlement. It was a venture that extended trade deep into the Northwest and made an enormous stride in transportation. Drawing on the journals of Dr. Elias Marsh and Charles Henry Weber and the official accounts of Charles P. Chouteau and Capt. William Franklin Raynolds, who traveled aboard the steamboats Spread Eagle and Chippewa, the authors weave together firsthand accounts of the river journey with helpful commentary. Along the way, they interject the river's environmental history and portraits of the Native peoples who lived along the upper Missouri. Marsh and Weber remark on everything from the Montana landscape to mosquitoes to Mandan villages, and Weber's never-before-published journal illustrates the recent technological changes that made their voyage possible."

Title: Steamboats West The 1859 American Fur Company Missouri River Expedition

Author Name: Larsen, Lawrence H., Barbara J. Cottrell

Categories: Travel & Exploration, Fur Trade,

Edition: First Edition

Publisher: Norman, The Arthur H. Clark Company: 2010

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: New

Type: Book

Seller ID: 13861

Keywords: American Fur Company, Missouri River Expedition, fur trade, steamboats, exploration, expeditions, Fort Union, Indians, overland travel, St. Louis, James Bridger, mountain Men