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Historical Society Meeting Features National Park Ranger from Greenwood

Historical Society Meeting Features National Park Ranger from Greenwood

A capacity crowd at February’s meeting of the South Sebastian County Historical Society Monday evening heard Greenwood native Cody Faber present the history of the fur trading industry as part of the development of our area and the Louisiana Purchase.

Faber is a 2004 graduate of Greenwood High School. He obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Historical Interpretation at the University of Arkansas-Fort Smith. His Master’s Degree is in History and Education from Lindenwood University near St. Louis. While studying at Lindenwood, he developed an interest in the nearby home and life of Daniel Boone.

Faber’s presentation Monday evening explained the role of fur traders in the young republic beginning with the earliest settlers. “People who left Western Europe in the seventeenth century knew a society where only the wealthy owned land upon which they could hunt, fewer still owned firearms as they were very expensive and almost none had horses to take them to distant hunting locales. These people got off the boat in America where everybody could have a gun and a horse and there were millions of acres upon which anybody could hunt and trap. It was paradise for them. This continent boasted the greatest concentration of native wildlife the world had ever seen and it was there for the taking” Faber explained.

The western reaches of this growing new country was teaming with wildlife. Beavers, muskrat, bear and numerous others provided an abundance upon which an entire industry would grow. Towns like Detroit, St. Louis, even New Orleans and a place along the Mississippi River called “Arkansas Post” were all settled as fur trading centers.

The life and adventures of figures like Daniel Boone played a significant role in the fur trading industry and the development of this region. Faber explained the techniques and devices used in trapping and the economic impact of fur trading upon the fledgling nation and its western expansion.

Faber displayed firearms and powder horns and his remarks detailed an extensive knowledge of the technological advances they have seen through the years. He presented photos of Daniel Boone and told of the travels into this area of these rugged explorers and trappers.

Cody Faber is the Park Ranger at the Fort Smith National Historic Site. The Greenwood native explained that his interest in history led him to a career in Historical Interpretation. His passion for hunting and trapping allowed for further work in the field. “When I learned that I could have a career in things that I really enjoyed-like history-I knew that I wanted to be a Park Ranger at a site like Fort Smith.

 

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