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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.

Location: Port Aransas, Texas, United States

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, January 15, 2006

Questing La Charrette: Historians

Many professional historians assisted in my quest for information on La Charrette Village.
One of the first was John Mack Faragher of Yale whose credentials are posted at http://www.yale.edu/lamarcenter/faragher.html He not only offered his file on Indian Phillips and Daniel Boone, but challenged me to make the La Charrette story a seamless one after seeing an early manuscript draft. Likewise, Walter Kamphoefner of Texas A&M was ever helpful with the last generation of settlers to arrive there - the Germans. Meet Walter at http://www.tamu.edu/history/faculty/kamphoefner.htm Jim Denny, historian with the State of Missouri, offered commentary on early portions of the manuscript as well, just as he responded to this folksy interview posted at http://www.hearingvoices.com/trail/river/denny.html

Ken Kamper, a local nationally established historian on the Boone family was very helpful in his suggestion leading to the disclosure of La Charrette tax records. His favorite campsite is with the Boones at Boonesfield Village posted at http://www.slfp.com/ETC-PioneerDays.htm Another historian with local roots is Dr. F. Todd Smith, professor of history with University of North Texas. Todd presented a uniqe insight in his Preface to La Charrette when emphasizing how appropriate it was to publish on this tiny village history. His expertise on the borderlands of America are revealed at his webpage at http://www.hist.unt.edu/faculty/smith/smith.htm Mr. Ralph Gregory of Marthasville, who has chosen to avoid the Internet, aided me as much as anyone throughtout manuscript preperation. Even the historians at the Western Manuscript Collection of The Historical Society of Missouri at Columbia were helpful in locating remote documents. Their webpage is available at the title link. To these, and many others, I will be long grateful for their help. Thanks, one and all.


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