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Carson, Christopher (Kit)

Born: 1809 AD
Died: 1868 AD, at 59 years of age.

Nationality: Unknown
Categories: Actors

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US frontiersman, guide, scout, and trapper

 

apprenticed to saddlemaker 1825, but fled to Santa Fe 1826

 

joined expedition to California 1829-1831

 

worked as trapper throughout western frontier 1831-1842

 

hired by John C. Fremont as guide for three expeditions 1842, 1843-1844, 1845-1846

 

fought under Stephen Kearny at battle of San Pascual in Mexican War 1846, sneaking through surrounding enemy forces to summon aid from San Diego

 

served as US Indian agent to Ute tribe 1853-1861

 

led volunteer troops in Civil War, primarily fighting Native American groups in Texas and southwestern US

 

commander of Fort Garland, Colorado 1866-1867

 

eponym of Carson City, Nevada

 

with Jim Bridger and John Colter, one of the three people originally intended to be carved into Mount Rushmore


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