Preparing for Winter


Remember the little tale about the Ant and the Grasshopper? Well, this picture is neither an ant nor a grasshopper, but a bushy-tailed squirrel busily gathering berries for winter.

Busily preparing for the winter months to come

Busily preparing for the winter months to come

I got this shot outside the National Frontier Trails Museum in Independence.

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Pictures from the Past

A Journey Back in Time

A Journey Back in Time

Today’s prompt is ANACHRONISM…taking something from one time and putting it into another. That’s what it means to me.

As a lover of American history, I seek the old within the new, the past as part of the present.

One place where I’ve found that sort of anachronism is Fort Osage, near Sibley, Missouri.

As Meriwether Lewis and William Clark traveled the mighty Missouri river in 1804, they marked the spot for this fort. In that same year, Pierre Chouteau, a fur trader in the area, took an Osage chief to meet President Thomas Jefferson. The president agreed to build a trading post for the Osage tribe.

Fort Osage was one of three forts established by the U.S. Army to establish control over the territory within the newly acquired Louisiana Purchase

In 1806, William Clark lead a team back to the site where he and Lewis had camped two years earlier, and construction on the fort was begun. In 1808, Chouteau negotiated a deal for the fort to be used to protect the natives.

“The United States being anxious to promote peace, friendship and intercourse with the Osage tribes, to afford them every assistance in their power, and to protect them from the insults and injuries of other tribes of Indians, situated near the settlements of the white people, have thought proper to build a fort on the right bank of the Missouri, a few miles above the Fire Prairie, and do agree to garrison the same with as many regular troops as the President of the United States may, from time to time, deem necessary for the protection of all orderly, friendly and well disposed Indians of the Great and Little Osage nations, who reside at this place, and who do strictly conform to, and pursue the counsels or admonitions of the President of the United States through his subordinate officers.”

Fort Osage remained a part of the US Factory system until the Native American trade system was shut down in 1822.  Today, it has been restored to represent how it would have appeared in 1812. It is listed on the National Registry of Historical Sites.