Near Chadron in Dawes County, Nebraska — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
Bordeaux Trading Post
James Bordeaux was from a French settlement near St. Louis and while yet a young boy, he went west with fur traders. Bordeaux was active in the fur trade in the vicinity of Fort Laramie from the 1830's until the 1870's. In the 1840's, he served as host to the explorer John C. Fremont and the historian Francis Parkman. He left his name to Bordeaux Bend near Fort Laramie, scene of the Grattan Massacre. His name also survives in the name of Bordeaux Creek, near this marker.
The Indians brought buffalo robes, furs, and ponies to this post to trade for guns, powder, beads, blankets, and whiskey. Some of the weapons may have been used against the troops at Fort Phil Kearny and Custer's troops at the Little Big Horn. The story of James Bordeaux's life is the story of the Upper Missouri country from the 1830's-1870's.
Erected by Citizens of Chadron, Historical Land Mark Council. (Marker Number 42.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Nebraska State Historical Society marker
Location. 42° 49.583′ N, 102° 56.333′ W. Marker is near Chadron, Nebraska, in Dawes County. Marker is on U.S. 20. Touch for map. Marker is approximately 3.1 miles east of Chadron. Marker is at or near this postal address: 6321 Hwy 20, Chadron NE 69337, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 6 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Chadron-Chicago Cowboy Race (approx. 3.1 miles away); Historic Northwestern Nebraska (approx. 4.1 miles away); Fort Robinson - Camp Sheridan - Pine Ridge Indian Agency Road (approx. 4.1 miles away); Chadron Creek Trading Post (approx. 6.4 miles away); The Fort Pierre-Fort Laramie Trail (approx. 6½ miles away); Paha Sapa (approx. 6.6 miles away).
Also see . . .
1. The Bordeaux Trading Post. This Museum of the Fur Trade website includes pictures and a brief history of the Bordeaux Trading Post. The Museum of the Fur Trade, 6321 Highway 20, is located just outside Chadron. This one-of-a-kind facility displays artifacts from the lucrative fur-trading industry that was once a thriving business in northwest Nebraska in the early 1800s. The Bordeaux Trading Post, built in 1837, stands on the museum grounds and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. (Submitted on January 4, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.)
2. Official Web site of Chadron, Nebraska. Located in beautiful northwest Nebraska, Chadron is south of the Black Hills and west of the Sandhills, in the Pine Ridge region. This area is rich with friendly atmosphere and a variety of landscape. (Submitted on January 4, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.)
Categories. • Industry & Commerce • Native Americans • Notable Persons • Wars, US Indian •
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