New Haven in Franklin County, Missouri — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
Private John Colter
After several encounters with the Blackfeet Indians, while trapping beavers, he returned to a farm in what is now Missouri, married and had a son Hiram.
Military records show that Private John Colter died May 7, 1812, while serving in the United States Mounted Rangers, commanded by Nathan Boone, son of Daniel Boone.
His gravesite has never been located, but it is believed that Colter was buried several miles east of here on a bluff top overlooking the Missouri River.
Missouri State Daughters of the American Revolution
Charity Stille Langstaff Chapter, NSDAR
Erected 2006 by Missouri State Daughters of the American Revolution, Charity Stille Langstaff Chapter NSDAR.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Exploration • War of 1812 • Waterways & Vessels. In addition, it is included in the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR), and the Lewis & Clark Expedition series lists.
Location. 38° 36.889′ N, 91° 12.784′ W. Marker is in New Haven, Missouri, in Franklin County. Marker is at the intersection of Main Street and Miller Street, on the left when traveling east on Main Street. Marker is located beside the sidewalk at the front center of John Colter Memorial Park, directly in front of the park flag pole. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: New Haven MO 63068, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. From the Mountains to Missouri (a few steps from this marker); a different marker also named Private John Colter (a few steps from this marker); Colter's Escape from the Blackfeet (a few steps from this marker); The Lewis and Clark Expedition (a few steps from this marker); Historic New Haven (a few steps from this marker); New Haven (a few steps from this Private John Colter (within shouting distance of this marker); The Iron Horse Arrives (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in New Haven.
More about this marker. Marker is a large, gray granite memorial with inscription on the front side only. This marker is included in the Daughters of the American Revolution series.
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. John Colter
Also see . . .
1. The John Colter Museum. The John Colter Memorial and Visitors Center opened in 2003 to commemorate the bicentennial of the Lewis and Clark Expedition. The log shelter contains interpretive signs and a monument dedicated to the honor of John Colter. The memorial adjoins a river walk which extends a quarter mile along the Missouri River levee. Interpretive signs along the river walk provide information about the Lewis and Clark Expedition and local history. (Submitted on August 8, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
2. John Colter: First in line. One of the Corps of Discovery's most famous veterans, John Colter joined the expedition early, became one of its most useful hands, left it early, and yet did not get home until nearly four years after it ended. His permanent role as an icon of Western American history came from his adventures as a fur trapper between the summer of 1806 and the spring of 1810. The blue-eyed (Submitted on August 8, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
3. John Colter – Fearless Mountain Man. In 1812 the United States declared war on Great Britain, and Colter enlisted. Fighting under Nathan Boone, he died while in service for his country. However, after such an eventful life, he died, not by the hand of the British soldiers or the many Indians he encountered in his travels, but by jaundice on May 7, 1812. After his death, his remains were shipped back to Missouri to his wife, who was said to have buried him on a bluff overlooking the Missouri River near New Haven, Missouri. (Submitted on August 8, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
Credits. This page was last revised on August 12, 2018. It was originally submitted on August 7, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 366 times since then and 97 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on August 8, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.