Posted 4 years ago
Recent purchase, one page from Harper's New Monthly Magazine, October, 1860.
Fort Ellice, Hudson's Bay Company, Rupert's Land.
Print & accompanying article by Manton Marble (1834–1917) a New York journalist. In 1859, he went to the Red River Valley as The Evening Post's correspondent. He contributed three papers on his journey, to Harper's Magazine.
Fort Ellice was built to protect the Hudson’s Bay Company’s trade with the Assiniboine and Plains Cree from American competitors situated on the Missouri River. As a major post in the Swan River Trading District in the 1850's, the role of Fort Ellice shifted from the collection of furs and bison products to the distribution of supplies, horses, oxen and carts.
Nothing remains of Fort Ellice, there is however a cairn marking it's location. It is located above the Assiniboine River downstream from where it is joined by the Qu'Appelle River. Near present day St. Lazare, Manitoba.
I bought the print for it's local history content, I live 50 kilometers S E of the former Fort & a few miles from the Assiniboine River.
The image on the other side of the page was a surprise bonus, it is of the Mouse River (Souris River), near it's confluence with the Assiniboine River. That is a few miles from where my Paternal Great Grandparents homesteaded starting in 1882.