Chisholm changed everything

THE WAY WEST
By "The Cowboy" Jim Gray

The name Jesse Chisholm was already legend when he relocated his family from Indian Territory to the confluence of the Arkansas and Little Arkansas Rivers in the fall of 1864. By that time, Chisholm had been trading on the Southern Plains for 30 years.

Jesse was born approximately 1805-1806. He was in the early migration of Cherokees to Arkansas in 1810. As he grew to manhood he learned his father’s business of trading among the Western Cherokees. Along the banks of the Arkansas River the Cherokees thrived. Traders floated down the river in canoes and flatboats laden with furs bartered among the wild prairie tribes west of Arkansas.

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