Name: Pike, Zebulon
Profession: Explorer or Trapper
Category: St. Louis and the West
Description: Zebulon Pike was an explorer best known for discovering the peak in Colorado that bears his name. Pike left St. Louis in 1805 to find the source of the Mississippi River. He reached Leech Lake in present day Minnesota in February 1806, six months and 2000 miles later. He wrongly thought he had discovered the source of the mighty Mississippi. He then went southwest to explore the headwaters of the Arkansas and Red Rivers and crossed into Spanish Territory. He helped set the course of the Santa Fe trade. The first steamboat to try to move up the Mississippi above the Ohio was named the Zebulon Pike.
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