Did You Know? In the 1820’s – 1830’s.

Who was the first white fur-trader to set foot in Johnson County, Iowa, and when did that happen? For those interested in answering these two questions, the answers seem to come down to these options:

WHEN?

  • Historical Option #1: The first white man to set foot in Johnson County was a fur-trader arriving in the early to mid-1820’s (circa 1822-1826).
  • Historical Option #2: The first white man to set foot in Johnson County was a fur-trader arriving in the early 1830’s (circa 1830-1832).

WHO?

  • Historical Option #1: John Gilbert, a New Yorker, is that first fur-trader, arriving here via Green Bay.
  • Historical Option #2: Stephen Sumner Phelps, a New Yorker, is that first fur-trader, arriving here via Illinois.

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