Grand River Historical Society


1542 - 1796
Members of Hernando De Soto's Spanish expedition may have been the first white men to arrive in Northeastern Oklahoma in 1542.  Claude Du Tisne explored the region in 1719, but it wasn't until 1796 that settlement was attempted.  Jean Chouteau, a French fur trader from St. Louis, established a trading post that year near Salina on the "Grande Riviere."

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Grand River Historical Society 2009 - 2014