Peter Skene Ogden's Snake Country Journals
Peter Skene Ogden was a chief trader with the Hudson's Bay
Company. In the period 1824-1829, he led five trapping
expeditions to the "Snake Country" -- the upper reaches
of the Columbia. Here are journals from each of those five
expeditions. These have been converted to electronic form from
publications of the Oregon Historical Society and the Utah
Historical Society. They are available for either on-line
viewing, or downloading. Note that the journals from 1825-26 thru
'29 were edited before the 1824-25 journal was discovered, and
that some footnotes in the former were made obsolete by the
discovery of the latter.
- 1824-25 Expedition. This
expedition is the first written account of that region of
Southeastern Idaho and Northern Utah which includes Cache
Valley, Ogden Valley, and the Weber River Valley; and of
the famous confrontation between the HBC and the
Americans. Included are Ogden's journal and that of his
chief clerk, William Kittson.
- 1825-26 Expedition. Ogden
travels from Walla Walla to the headwaters of the Des
Chutes, up the Snake to the Malade (Big Wood) river, Raft
river, and Portneuf, returning by way of the Willamette,
having crossed Central Oreg on.
- 1826-27 Expedition. The
expedition travels to the Klamath country, a part of
Oregon unknown to white men at the time.
- 1827-28 Expedition.
Expedition to SE Idaho, winter on Snake, important
observations of the movements of American Parties.
- 1828-29 Expedition.
Ogden's last expedition to the Snake Country. Follows
Humboldt River, explores region north of Great Salt Lake.