Distant View of the Blacksnake Hills


Steaming past the Blacksnake Hills on April 24, Maximilian recorded in his journal that the surrounding scenery was "very picturesque.... Mr. Bodmer made a sketch of the chain of hills and of the white trading house.... In the house dwell a few men who are in the service of the Fur Company. We stopped here for a while." This house belonged to Joseph Roubidoux and stood near the riverbank on a site now within the city limits of St. Joseph, Missouri.

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pencil on paper


8 3/4 x 10 7/8

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Approximate Date of Creation

24th April 1833