Joseph Robideaux’ Trading Post (1826-1840?) – Also called the Blacksnake Hills Trading Post, it was founded by Joseph Robidoux III for the American Fur Company in what would later become St. Joseph, Missouri. The trading post prospered, but after four years, Robidoux returned to independent trading. Doing very well, he ultimately became the “Father” of St. Joseph when he hired two men to lay out the town, which was an immediate success. The site of the old trading post was at present-day Riverfront Park in St. Joseph, Missouri.
By Kathy Weiser-Alexander, updated January 2018.