St. Joseph, MO History

St. Joseph, Missouri was established by fur trader Joseph Robidoux who lived from 1783-1868. The area in northwest Missouri where Joseph Robidoux developed his Blacksnake Hills Trading Post is modern day St. Joseph, Missouri with a population of about 75,000.

Years before establishing one of the existing day ten largest cities in the state of Missouri Robidoux grew up on the other side of the state in St. Louis, Missouri where he had six bros. From an early age Joseph and his bros were taught the household organisation of fur trading by their father who in the eighteenth century started sending out Joseph up and down the Missouri River as a teen to refine his trade.

In what is presently the city of Chicago Joseph Robidoux set up a fur trading post next to Fort Dearborn, Illinois however ironically his success led to his demise. As legend has it Joseph was such a proficient young businessman that more established elder guys practicing his craft did not think too kindly of having a young up and comer stepping into their territory and interrupting their established organisation. To remedy the disruption that Joseph caused the Fort Dearborn locals persuaded local Indians to threaten and interrupt Joseph up until he was rather actually run out of town.

After leaving Illinois Joseph established himself in modern day Omaha, Nebraska and settled with his second partner (after the 1805 death of his first better half Eugenie) with an 1813 wedding to Angelique Vaudry. Between his 2 marital relationships Joseph had 8 children (2 from the first marriage and six from the 2nd) and today the names of many of those children adorn a few of the most commonly used streets in the city of St. Joseph, Missouri which he ultimately founded. Amongst names of his kids that have actually given that been celebrated with streets named in their honor are Messanie, Faraon, Francis, Felix, and Edmond. While those names most likely appear a bit out-of-date to the majority of folks in the twenty-first century anyone who has spent a significant quantity of time around St. Joseph, Missouri quickly acknowledges those names as a few of the most high traffic streets in the area.

Joseph Robidoux offered his successful Nebraska fur trading company in 1822 to the American Fur Business and decided to leave the location after being inspired by the American Fur Business with a $1,000 annual payment for complying with a non-compete contract.

After hanging out back in St. Louis after offering his service to the American Fur Company Robidoux was later on hired by the American Fur Company to start a Blacksnake Hills trading post in northwest Missouri near Kansas City and in doing so Joseph Robidoux prepared for the city of St. Joseph, Missouri that has held his namesake for over 150 years.

 

 

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