Bordeaux Trading Post

Bordeaux Trading Post (HM2FO)

Location: Chadron, NE 69337 Dawes County
Country: United States of America

N 42° 49.583', W 102° 56.333'

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From about 1846 until 1872, an Indian "trading house" occupied a site near here. Built by James Bordeaux, the trading station was once attacked and set afire by hostile Crow warriors. Fortunately, some friendly Sioux Indians came to the rescue and drove off the attacking Crow.

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.
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HM NumberHM2FO
Series This marker is part of the Nebraska: Nebraska State Historical Society series
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Marker Number42
Placed ByCitizens of Chadron, Historical Land Mark Council
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Friday, September 12th, 2014 at 6:58pm PDT -07:00
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)13T E 668473 N 4743595
Decimal Degrees42.82638333, -102.93888333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 42° 49.583', W 102° 56.333'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds42° 49' 34.98" N, 102° 56' 19.98" W
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Area Code(s)308
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 10420 US-20, Chadron NE 69337, US
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