- Peter Skene Ogden
Peter Skene Ogden (alternately Skeene, Skein or Skeen), (baptised 12 February 1790 – September 27, 1854) was a
fur trapperand a Canadian explorerof what is now British Columbiaand the American West. During his many expeditions he explored parts of Oregon, Washington, Nevada, California, Utah, Idahoand Wyoming.
His birthdate is variously given as 1774, 1794, or 1790. He was the son of Chief Justice Isaac Ogden of
Quebec, and Sarah Hanson. After a brief stint with the American Fur Company, he joined the North West Companyin 1809. His first post was at Île-á-la-Crosse, Saskatchewanin 1810 and by 1814 was in charge of a post at Green Lake, Saskatchewan, 100 miles south.
Ogden had frequent run-ins with the rival Hudson's Bay Company (HBC) employees and engaged in physical violence on several occasions. In 1816, HBC clerks report that Ogden killed an Indian who had traded with the Hudson's Bay Company. Not only killed, he was "butchered in a most cruel manner," according to HBC officer James Bird. Although many in the North West Company viewed this as a necessary part of living in the Northwest, the HBC viewed him as a dangerous man, whose actions were deplorable especially considering his background as the son of a judge. Ogden was charged with murder, and the North West Company moved him further into the west to attempt to avoid any further confrontations with the HBC. He served at various posts in modern-day Oregon, Washington, and
British Columbiafor the next several years. As a way of ending the ongoing strife between the two companies, the HBC and the North West Company merged in 1821. Ogden's violent history placed the now larger HBC in a quandary. The company management severely disliked and distrusted Ogden, but finally agreed that he had done no more than many other people during the 'fur-trade wars' and appointed him Chief Traderfor the Snake River Country of the HBC's Columbia Department in 1823. Between 1824 and 1830 Ogden set out on a series of expeditions to explore the Snake River country. One of the company's obejectives was to bring as many furs from this area as possible to the HBC so as to create a "fur desert". This would discourage inroads by American trappers and traders. The exploration trips included:
* 1824-25: Ogden led a fur brigade which expanded HBC's influence along the Snake River east to
Montana's Bitterroot Riverand south to the Bear River in modern Utah.
* 1825-26: Traveling south from the
Columbia Riverto the Deschutes River in Oregon, Ogden then turned east and traveled through the Blue Mountains to the Snake River.
* 1826-27: From Walla Walla, in present-day Washington, this expedition also explored the Deschutes River, following it to
Klamath Lakeand an area near Mount Shastain northern California.
* 1828-29: Ogden explored the
Great Salt Lakeand the Weber Riverdrainage, where the Ogden River, and subsequently the current city of Ogden, Utah, is named for him. He explored areas of the Great Basin, following the Humboldt Riverto its dry sink in modern-day Nevada. The party traveled through the Great Basin along the eastern Sierra Nevada, reaching the north shore of the Gulf of California.
The expeditions were a successful venture for the HBC, but not without troubles, including an attack by the
Mohavenear the Gulf of California.
In 1830, Ogden was sent north to establish a new HBC post named
Fort Simpsonnear the mouth of the Nass Riverin British Columbia. He also managed an outpost on the south coast of Alaska. He administered a fur post at Fort Vancouverthroughout the 1840s. There Ogden fought successfully against American fur competition and successfully negotiated with local native tribes, including the Cayuse.
Ogden retired to
Oregon City, Oregonwith one of his several Native American wives. His contact with native tribes led him to write a memoir entitled "Traits of American Indian Life and Character. By a Fur Trader"." The book was published posthumously in 1855.
Peter Skene Ogden State Scenic Viewpointin Jefferson County, Oregonand Ogden Pointin Victoria, British Columbiaare named for him, as is the Peter Skene Ogden Secondary School in 100 Mile House, British Columbia. Peter S. Ogden Elementary School in Tumwater, Washington.
* [http://www.biographi.ca/009004-119.01-e.php?&id_nbr=4109 Biography at the "Dictionary of Canadian Biography Online"]
* [http://www.xmission.com/~drudy/mtman/html/ogden.html Snake Country Journals]
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