Cody in Park County, Wyoming — The American West (Mountains)
Arland & Corbett
Indian Trading Post
Off in the distance in front of you, a large red butte lies against a much larger mountain, Rattlesnake Mountain. Flowing down the valley is Trail Creek, named for the ancient Indian trail that crosses the Shoshone River at the Indian ford in the canyon below you. The trail leads into the Yellowstone Country from the Big Horn Basin.
Vic Arland and John Corbett built a trading post in 1880 near the red butte on the Indian trail to trade with the Crow and Shoshone Indians. The Indians traded soft tanned buffalo robes, beaver, mink, wolf and bobcat pelts for guns, axes, knives, cloth, beads, gun powder, lead, honey and other goods. The trading post and surrounding ranch were sold in 1882 to the French Count Ivan du Dore as a headquarters for his cattle operation.
By 1883, Arland and Corbett built a new trading post on an improved wagon road at Cottonwood Creek. They expanded their business to deal with the Indians, trappers, cowboys and early settlers.
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Wyoming Territory March 1, 1882
“ . . . When in September, 1880, my partner, J. Corbett, and I came to Trail Creek, we were very far from civilization. Now, civilization is coming to find us, with big steps. Next summer the Northern Pacific will be on the Yellowstone, up to Coulson
. . . Now we are running a little store to supply the needs of the hunters and trappers of this region and of the Indians – Crows and Shoshones, who are hunting in this vicinity. Since this little business promises to do well, I am going to remain here for some time yet, perhaps a year or two . . . ”
Fort Washakie, Wyoming Territory
Excerpts from Arland letter translated from French.
Location. 44° 30.923′ N, 109° 6.387′ W. Marker is in Cody, Wyoming, in Park County. Marker can be reached from W Yellowstone Avenue (U.S. 20), on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is located along the Colterís Hell Trail. Marker is in this post office area: Cody WY 82414, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Stone Circles (within shouting distance of this marker); Lee Street – Cody City (within shouting distance of this marker); William Garlow Cody (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The American Mountain Man (about 300 feet away); Belle Drewry (about 300 feet away); W.A. Gallagher and Blind Bill Sampson E. Stilwell (about 300 feet away); Phillip H. Vetter (about 300 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Cody.
More about this marker. A photograph of the “Arland and Corbett Trading Post at Trail Creek ca. 1900” appears at the upper left of the marker. A picture of a Crow Warrior is above the sidebar on the right of the marker.
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. See all the markers along the Colterís Hell Trail.
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 23, 2015, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 238 times since then and 25 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on August 23, 2015, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.