By John H. Monnett
This well known quantity, on hand back in paperback, offers the fascinating background of Colorado although the lives of thirty-two of its so much noteworthy voters, either recognized and vague, who helped to form Colorado as we all know it this present day. between these featured are: Black Kettle (Cheyenne chief); David Day (outspoken newspaper editor of the San Juans); Anne Bassett (feisty livestock rancher); Lewis fee (real property entrepreneur); Casimiro Barela (legendary lawmaker from Trinidad); Josephine Roche (social activist and labour organiser); Jefferson Randolph 'Soapy' Smith (infamous con-man) and Enos turbines (conservationist and park advocate).
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For a time it held a virtual freighting monopoly along the Great Plains corridor. By 1858, it is estimated that the firm had 4,000 men and 3,500 wagons. The company flourished. The Missouri River landings at Atchison, Council Bluffs, and St. Joseph were major shipping points. Ox-drawn Murphy wagons would ply their way across the rolling plains carrying gunpowder, manufactured goods, food, and mining equipment. Alexander Majors, who was always happier on the plains than counting his profits in an office, accompanied many of the trains in the early years.
Curtis soon removed him of command, for leaving his post to journey to Denver and because of rumors that he was illegally issuing rations to the Indians camped at the fort. Wynkoop's Page 26 successor, Major Scott J. Anthony. who was inexperienced and irresolute in shouldering responsibility in delicate situations, allowed the vague truce to continue. Anthony instructed Black Kettle and White Antelope to move their camp to Sand Creek, a small waste reserve some forty miles from the fort. Anthony told the Cheyennes and Arapahoes that they would be safe there and their young men could better hunt for food.
From previous dealings with the white people, Black Kettle knew that many times the would-be enforcers could not or would not distinguish between what the white man called "hostiles" and those Indians who truly sought peace. Page 22 Black Kettle. Western History Department, Denver Public Library. Black Kettle, who was born around 1801, was widely respected as a fierce adversary of the Pawnee and Kiowa, but he stood for peace with the white man. In 1861, he had signed the Treaty of Fort Wise, promising to remain in the vicinity of the Arkansas River and not to molest settlers and emigrants on the Smoky Hill Trail.