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La Charrette Village

Interested in what Lewis & Clark, Daniel Boone, Zebulon Pike, John Colter, President Jefferson and other notables thought about America's newly acquired westernmost village? Enjoy the west...before it became distorted by TV, movies and novels.

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A retired professor of Food and Animal Science at Texas A&M University, The University of Connecticut and Texas Tech. A cowboy in my previous life...never thought about being a professor or an author.

Sunday, December 11, 2005

The Great Westward Migration

The title link provides an excellent opportunity to learn how the great western migration got underway. Steamboats were central in aiding families move down the Ohio, up the Mississippi and by 1817 they started up the Missouri, soon to dock at La Charrette Landing - about a decade later it would be called Marthasville Landing. The picture shown above captures the mood that held sway for the better part of the next century. The picture comes from Stanley Vestal's 1945 The Missouri, (University of Nebraska Press, Lincoln).

They came by the boat loads, all from the east. Germans represented the largest single group settling in the community recognized today as Missouri's German Belt. A typical, yet nostalgic story unfolds at http://www.sfbparish.org/history.htm for families seeking Marthasville Landing. There were also those at La Charrette who continued seeking adventure and better times. Jacob and Abraham Darst headed to Texas in 1831 to join with the DeWitt Colony. Arbraham was the son-in-law of Flanders and Jemima Callway, his brother Jacob died in 1839 in the Battle of the Alamo as doumented at http://www.tsha.utexas.edu/handbook/online/articles/DD/fdazx.html Commerce and merchandise of every imaginable sort represented a vital aspect of these exciting times to include "missionary honeymooners" as related at http://www.historylink.org/essays/output.cfm?file_id=7204 to "wiskey trading fur traders" like Joseph Robidoux lll of Cote sans Dessein extraction as related at http://www.brokenclaw.com/genealogy/robidoux.html But it was risky work running a river boat on the Missouri as described in detail at http://members.tripod.com/~Write4801/docs/moboats-3.html One such Captain was a member of Daniel and Rebecca Boone's family, Arch S. Bryan who lived in Washington, across the river from where La Charrette once stood. He started into the business after departing the community to seek his fortune mining for gold in California.

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