Kit Carson, the true Pathfinder
Kit Carson was born 1809, and headed west for the first time at age 19 when he ran away from an apprenticeship as a saddlemaker. He followed the Santa Fe trail west until he got to Taos, New Mexico and, though he traveled far and wide, Taos would always be his home.
Kit Carson’s explorations, unlike many other pathfinders, were well documented because he became a guide to John C. Fremont who led expeditions to map the Oregon Trail before it was widely used, then the California Trail, which split off from the Oregon Trail and led to Sacramento and San Francisco.
No wild tall tales for Carson…except he became famous in Dime Novels, the first one written in 1867, and those were rife with exaggeration, even Carson, an illiterate man all his life, was told what had been written about him, declared them full of lies.
He couldn’t read but he spoke Spanish and several Indian languages. He was a fur trapper, a mountain man, and Indian fighter, and a Pathfinder for the army. He was the man who truly had the nickname, The Pathfinder.
In 1842 his name attached to the John C Fremont expedition to map the Oregon Trail spurred a huge westward migration. In the most heavily traveled years, some 400,000 men, women and children passed along the Oregon, California, Mormon and Bozeman trail…which all began as the Oregon Trail then branched off.
A 2nd Fremont Expedition to map the Oregon Trail also veered off to The Great Salt Lake and followed what would be the California Trail. They were bogged down by bad weather in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Fremont gave Kit Carson credit for saving them with his pathfinding skills and good judgment.
He began as an Indian fighter but through the years he softened his opinions of Native people and became an advocate for humane treatment. He served as an Indian Agent for years and was noted as a just and fair man who treated the Indians with dignity.
He fought in the Mexican-American War and the Civil War. His presence during the greatest events of the 19th Century made his life story the story of a nation.
I have two books releasing next month.
I’ll have all the juicy details then.
But for now be on the look out for my novellas in collections called:
Cowboy Christmas Homecoming Netty Lewis can take care of herself, has for a while now. Some hired help over the holidays doesn’t change that. And even if Roy does take care of her, that doesn’t mean he cares for her or that he’ll stay past Christmas.
Amanda Star’s father always wanted her to come into the family business, and run the majestic old Star Inn with him but she had bigger plans. She’s a high-powered executive in the multi-national Halston hotel chain. One more promotion—which she expects to get by Christmas—will make her the youngest vice president in Halston history and she’s got her sights set on the CEO job.
Then she inherits the Star Inn. With no time to be away from her job, she impatiently rushes home to list the beautiful old bed and breakfast for sale. Now that she’s here she’s swamped with sweet memories and keen regret…and a sweet reunion with old classmate Anthony Carter.
Suddenly her future isn’t so clear cut.