Wednesday, September 05, 2007

Trail Paved with Fur

McGill University has recently made available online a collection of Northwest Company manuscripts. While the collection is wide in scope, there are references to our area within it. In general, it's a fascinating glimpse into the industry that paved the way for eventual settlement and homesteading. The men - and women - who comprised the fur trade were tough, determined, and savvy individuals. We may not think of it this way, but...we owe them a lot.