The Missouri Fur Company, Ft. Henry

Abstracted from "History of the State of Idaho," by Cornelis J. Brosnan, published by Charles Scribner's Sons, 1918.

46. The Missouri Fur Company. It was an American, Andrew Henry, of the Missouri Fur Company, who erected Idaho's second fur-trading post. In the vicinity of the present city of St. Anthony in southeastern Idaho, in the fall of 1810, Henry built two or three log houses which were to serve as temporary quarters for his men and goods. These rude structures were afterward known as Fort Henry. The fierce Blackfeet Indians of Montana were indirectly responsible for the erection of this post. In the fall of 1809 Henry, in company with a large force of trappers and traders, had ascended the Missouri and Yellowstone River and had crossed over to the Three Forks of the Missouri River. In this choice beaver territory the company expected to reap a rich reward. The Blackfeet, however, became so troublesome that the trading-post there was abandoned and Henry with part of the men and goods crossed the Continental Divide into Idaho. Here they trapped and traded with the Shoshoni Indians until the spring of 1811, when Henry bade a final farewell to Idaho. One of the hired trappers and guides who assisted Henry was John Hoback. He remained in the region for a number of years and gave his name to Hoback River, near our eastern boundary-line.

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