A ROAD TRIP FROM COPPELL, TEXAS TO COPPELL, ONTARIO
After passing through Canadian, Oklahoma, we continued north to Chouteau, Oklahoma which was named after the Chouteau Creek to its north. Chouteau Creek was the named after the Chouteau family. In 1705, Pierre Laclède and his stepson, Auguste Chouteau, founded what would become the city of Saint Louis. The Chouteaus were a highly successful, French Canadian family. Prior to steamboats, furs were transported down the Missouri River by canoes to St. Louis. Captain Joseph Marie LaBarge was the first steamboat captain to travel all the way up the Missouri to its head waters at Fort Benton. He was born in St. Louis in 1815. His father, Pierre Laberge was a fur trapper and trader (coureur des bois) who left Montreal and settled in St. Louis in 1805. Chouteau financed some of Captain LaBarge's boats, one of which was named after LaBarge's wife Emile.
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