Path Breaking Explorations
At the confluence of the Shoshone and Bighorn rivers (just south of Bighorn Canyon Recreation Area) he met with his partners Jackson and Sublette. The company they had now owned for nearly four years was deep in debt. The business had suffered from the increased cost of trapping and trading. These included higher merchandise and transportation costs, increased competition, and depletion of the best beaver hunting grounds not to mention numerous attacks on company trappers by hostile tribes.
In the winter of 1830 Smith led yet another trapping party to the Powder River country, this time guided by Jim Bridger. They made their way westward pushing through heavy snows as they covered a wide range of territory from the Yellowstone to the Musselshell Rivers, finally ending back at the Wind River. That summer, following the rendezvous on the Popo Agie River (near present day Lander, Wyoming), Smith, Jackson, and Sublette sold their partnership to a group of trappers, including Bridger, for $15,523.23.
Last updated: February 24, 2015