Early Supply Routes: 0052.0887


                A sidelight on the early days of Wild Horse, near Fort Steele, is given in a story published recently in the Spokesman-Review, telling of when M.M. Cowley drove pack trains from Walla Walla up through this country.  The route was from Walla Walla up through Spokane, Sandpoint, Bonners Ferry, along the Moyie River, through the present site of Cranbrook and on to Fort Steele and Wild Horse.  The pack trains consisted of 30 or 40 pack mules, each carrying about 300 pounds of merchandise, for which they received an average of $1 a pound.  In 1866 Cowley established a trading post at Bonners Ferry.  With only axes he and some other men hewed out lumber for a ferry boat, which he ran across the Kootenai River.  He stayed in business there for five years, buying furs from the Indians and selling merchandise to the miners.

            The late R.L.T. Galbraith and his brother John often made the trip to Walla Walla, which was then the leading distributing point for this whole northwest.  They were both well acquainted with Mr. Cowley and had many business transactions with him.  Cowley followed the early development of Spokane, acquired inside property which made him wealthy, and in time became president of the Traders’ National Bank of that city.

0052.0887: Early Supply Routes

Early days of Wild Horse of 1865 talked about in a story published in the Spokesman-Review, detailing the pack trains routes through the area.

Medium:  Newspaper - Text
Date:  April 24, 1930
Pages:  10
Publisher:  Cranbrook Courier
Collection:  Columbia Basin Institute (0052)


pack train mules merchandise trading post axe ferry boat fur indian miners distributing


People arrow Cowleyarrow
People arrow Galbraith, Johnarrow
People arrow Galbraith, R.L.T.arrow
Industry arrow Mining arrow Gold Mining arrow Wild Horse Creekarrow
Transportation arrow Ferriesarrow
Transportation arrow Pack Trainsarrow
Cities arrow Cranbrookarrow
Cities arrow Fort Steelearrow
Cities arrow Walla Walla WAarrow
Physical Features arrow Rivers arrow Kootenay Riverarrow
Physical Features arrow Rivers arrow Moyie Riverarrow
Cities arrow Bonner's Ferry IDarrow
Industry arrow Furarrow
First Nations arrow Ktunaxaarrow


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