Up the Missouri River

By "The Cowboy" Jim Gray

Missionary work among the native tribes of the west began almost as soon as the first bold adventurer ventured beyond civilization.

One of the most prominent organizations was the American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions (ABCFM) founded in 1810 by former graduates of Williams College at Williamstown, Mass.

In the spring of 1836, an ABCFM missionary party set out from New York bound for Oregon. At St. Louis the missionaries boarded the steamboat Chariton.

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