A Moment in Oregon’s History: 1823 – Moses “Black” Harris

Moses "Black" Harris (on the left) in an Alfred Jacob Miller Painting

Moses “Black” Harris (on the left) in an Alfred Jacob Miller Painting

Moses “Black” Harris was a Kentucky-born descendent of slaves who became a respected mountain man. In 1823 he joined William Ashley’s caravan of young trappers and in 1836 served as a guide for the Whitman-Spalding party, and as a guide for the Nathaniel Ford party in 1844.

whitman-spaulding mapHe settled in Oregon and built a cabin on the Luckiamute River in the Willamette Valley. Here he delighted the arriving pioneers with his wild tall tales and story telling abilities. He was in The Dalles in 1845 and formed a rescue party to save a member of the Lost Wagon Train.

He passed away from cholera at Independence, Missouri on May 6, 1849.

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