Christopher (Kit) Carson - New Franklin, MO
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N 39° 00.745 W 092° 44.274
15S E 522691 N 4318187
"Christopher Houston "Kit" Carson was an American frontiersman. The few paying jobs he had during his lifetime included mountain man, wilderness guide, Indian agent, and American Army officer." ~ Wikipedia
Waymark Code: WMQRBH
Location: Missouri, United States
Date Posted: 03/23/2016
Published By:Groundspeak Regular Member MountainWoods
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County of memorial: Howard County
Location of memorial: MO-5 & Katy Trail, S. limits of New Franklin
Artist: Harry Weber
Dedicated: 31 August 2013
Granite Etchings artist: Kevin Hale
Engineer: Crockett Engineering
Contractor: Bill Sullivan Excavations

Plaque Text:

Christopher (Kit) Carson
Dec. 24, 1809 to May 23, 1868
Born in Madison County, Kentucky, Christopher (Kit) Carson was the ninth of fourteen children. At the age of nine, when Kit's father died, he helped support the family and at 14, he was apprenticed at a saddle and harness maker. Two years later, fascinated by the tales of Ezekiel Williams and others, he was inspired to join the Santa Fe wagon train and stayed in New Mexico, moving north to Taos.

Carson worked as a cook, errand boy and harness repairer and became fluent in Spanish. At age 21 he was fur trapping in California, becoming a mountain man and acculturated to Indian life. In 1815 he married an Arapahoe, Singing Grass, with whom he had two children -- the youngest dying shortly after birth. His wife died between 1838 and 1840. When he brought his young daughter to Missouri for convent schooling and to visit his family, he met Lt. John Fremont and was hired as a guide through California, Oregon, Nevada and Utah's Great Basin. Fremont's widely read accounts of the expedition made Carson a national hero, popularized in fiction as a rugged mountain man capable of superhuman feats. In 1843 Carson married Making Over-Road, a Cheyenne. She divorced him to migrate with her tribe. Two years later he married Josefa Jaramillo. They had seven children and adopted an Indian child. Carson fought in the Mexican-American War and is co-credited with sneaking through enemy lines near San Diego to bring help for pinned down U.S. forces. In 1854 he was appointed Indian agent over the Ute and Apache nations and helped organize New Mexican infantry volunteers at the start of the Civil War.

Carson was commissioned a brigadier general in 1865, probably the only American to reach such a high military rank without being able to read or write, although he could sign his name. The next year, in poor health, he moved to Fort Lyon, California, where he died in 1868. He was later buried next to wife Josefa in Taos, New Mexico.

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History of Mark:
A chance encounter in 1842 with the explorer John C. Frémont made Kit Carson an active participant in extending the boundaries of the United States to its present size. From 1846 until the end of the war with Mexico, he alternated fighting and guiding. In 1854 he became an Indian agent at Taos for the Ute. But by 1861 he was back in the field to serve the cause of the Union in the U.S. Civil War.

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