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La Pelleterie
The Arrow Rock Farmer
&
His Neighbor

Arrow Rock Settlers

Civilization followed the Mountain Men west. Within a few years, Indian camps were replaced by farms, and
towns grew up around trading posts. Arrow Rock, Missouri, is an example of such a transition. It became a supply
base for the Southwestern Trade as well as the trade on the upper Missouri River.

The Arrow Rock farm boy is dressed in working men's clothing from the town's heyday. He wears Bingham
Broadfalls held up by farmer's galluses, a cotton Trapper's Shirt, and a checked boatmen's waistcoat. A
broad brimmed straw field hat shades his eyes. Garments such as these would have been worn by
"pilgrims" as they went into the mountains. Perhaps that's what he's dreaming about as he leans
on his hay fork; more likely the object of his dream is much closer.

The neighbor's daughter, on her way into town, is wearing a Mary Louise day dress of cotton. Such
day dresses were worn for shopping, visiting, or afternoon teas. Draped over her shoulders is a fine wool
Irish Screen. Wool and cotton fabrics such as these were purchased at the Huston Store and may
be the object of her trip into town. A straw poke bonnet shields her face from the sun, but can't hide
the sparkle in her eyes as she strolls past her admirer.


 

 

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