Michel Bourdon

d. 1823

Bourdon, Michel, mountain man (d. 1823). A Canadian, Bourdon appears in the Northwest c. 1809, but not distinctly since his name often seems to be confused with others. He operated with the North West Company, occasionally fought Blackfeet, may have interpreted for David Thompson, and associated periodically with the Flatheads. By 1816, when working for the Hudson's Bay Company, he was "the most prominent French Canadian trapper in the Pacific Northwest." He explored Bear River and by 1822 was leader of the Snake River fur brigade. He was killed by Blackfeet on Henry's Fork in southeastern Idaho.