Robert in America
Robert Campbell did immigrate to the United States in 1822, as he planned, and after two years he had travelled on to St Louis, Missouri. He then became a beaver trapper and trader in the Rocky Mountains and built the first Fort Laramie in 1833.
By 1836, beaver hats were no longer popular and Robert settled down as a storekeeper in St. Louis, supplying other trappers and pioneer settlers as they set out on the Oregon Trail.
He prospered and later became a property owner, bank president, hotel owner, and Indian Commissioner.
His home in St Louis, Missouri which he bought in 1854 is now the Campbell House Museum. Image copyright: The Trustees of the Campbell House Museum
For more information view our Collections Highlight Tour: The Campbell Story and read about Robert Campbell and the Plains Indians.