The Original Journal Of Charles Larpenteur


The Original Journal of Charles Larpenteur

My Travels to the Rocky Mountains Between 1833 and 1872.


“Times lonesome enough to kill a dog.” Charles Larpenteur is speaking of a time in 1871 when he’d left the fur trade on the Upper Missouri and had begun his retirement in northwestern Iowa. But his language is reminiscent of that in his journal in which he speaks of the many long, dull, and melancholy days he’d spent at his remote post on that distant stretch of river, so far from the comforts of St. Louis. But his chronicle also is packed with intimate details of life on the frontier, with information on trading activities and its personnel, and on the repetitive disappointments that characterized his long life.

318 Pages

The Museum Association of the American Frontier, 2007