Data layer: Fur Trade Posts of the Oregon
Country, 1793 - 1872
A few caveats before
we get to the download links:
- Only fur trade posts
belonging to the North West Company or the Hudson's Bay
Company are in this layer.
- With a few exceptions, only
fur trade posts in the Oregon Country (that is, west of
the Rockies) are in the layer.
- The data field From
indicates the year that the post opened, and the To
field indicates the last year it was operated. In cases
where a post was closed for a while and then re-opened,
there are two separate objects in the data, with separate
- Although the fur trade in
the Oregon Country was dominated by the North West Company
(NWC) and the Hudson's Bay Company (HBC), there were
other, smaller companies present. Sometimes the notes
field (Location_n) will indicate that a post was
originally built by another fur trading company (such as
the Pacific Fur Company) and subsequently sold to the NWC
or the HBC. As well, Location_n may indicate that
a post continued to operate after being sold by the HBC.
In this case, the From and To fields do
not give the years the post existed, but only the years
the post was operated by the NWC or the HBC.
- The projection of the layer
is geographic (lat/long), datum WGS84.
- The layer was made for
display at 1:8,000,000, and is really valid for display
only at scales smaller than 1:500,000. Zoom in further
than that (to say 1:100,000 or 1:50,000), and the exact
locations of the posts may not be right. (In Google Earth,
a rough equivalent to 1:500,000 is an eye altitude of 150
- "3000" appearing in the To
field indicates that it is unclear (to me, at least) what
year the post stopped operating (for dates after 1872).
- A point offshore appears for the S. S.
Beaver, a steamship operated by the Hudson's Bay
Company from 1836 to 1858 as a kind of mobile fur trading
post. Its precise location has no significance.
- Post locations and years of operation are
based on Bruce McIntyre Watson's exhaustively researched
book, Lives Lived West of the Divide, A Biographical
Dictionary of Fur Traders Working West of the Rockies,
- This data is realeased under
a Creative Commons 3.0 unported license
shapefile, zipped (4 KB)
KML file (29 KB)