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Joseph R. WALKER

American Joseph R. WALKER

born Joseph Rutherford WALKER

American mountain man and experienced scout

Source :  Tim DOWLING

Born: on December 01, 1798 in Roane County, Tennessee, USA
Died: on October 27, 1876 in Walnut Creek, California, USA


Walker was born in Roane County, Tennessee. Early in 1832 he joined Benjamin Bonneville's expedition from Fort Osage, Missouri. Next spring, Bonneville sent a party of men under Joseph Walker to explore the Great Salt Lake and to find an overland route to California. Eventually the party discovered a route along the Humboldt River across present-day Nevada, ascending the Sierra Nevada, starting near present day Bridgeport and descending between the Tuolumne and Merced River drainage.

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- Category Explorer - 19th century