Charles McKay

c. 1798 - post September 20, 1826

McKay, Charles, fur trader (c. 1798-post Sept. 20, 1826). Born in Scotland, he joined the Hudson's Bay Company in 1816 and learned the Blackfoot language, then was assigned to the Columbia district and reached Fort Vancouver in 1824. He joined Ogden's first Snake River expedition in December 1824, skirmished with the Blackfeet, and on May 12, 1825, sighted Great Salt Lake. McKay wintered in 1825-1826 at the Flathead post, made his way to York Factory on Hudson Bay and sailed away from the fur trade forever.