Fort Lisa (3)
Fort Lisa (3) (1809, 1812-1823) - A Missouri Fur Company Fur Trading Fort established in 1809 by Manuel Lisa in present-day Bellevue, Douglas County, Nebraska. Operated by Major Joshua Pilcher after Lisa's death in 1820. Abandoned in 1823. Also known as Fort Hunt (2) and Lisa's Fort.
Established as a Missouri Fur Company fur trading fort by Manuel Lisa in 1809. The post was surrounded by a large stockade and became a trading center for the half-dozen tribes in the area. Fur trappers brought pelts to Fort Lisa from across the Dakotas, Nebraska, Iowa, and Missouri. In addition to the trading post, there was also a blacksmith shop and a sawmill. Manuel Lisa came to employ some 100 workers at the fort.
Manuel Lisa became ill In the summer of 1820. His trading partner, Joshua Pilcher, had accompanied him back to St. Louis, where he died on 12 Aug 1820. Pilcher then became president of the Missouri Fur Company. He closed Fort Lisa in 1823 and moved the operation to Pilcher's Post downriver to Bellevue. The fort was used as a general store for at least another twenty years after Manuel Lisa’s death.
The presumed site is on North River Drive just on the border between Douglas County and Washington County, Nebraska. No remains.
Some confusion exists over the naming of the forts created by Manuel Lisa and his company, exact locations are unknown for some of them and this has led to further confusion. The forts and their locations are detailed below:
Visited: 27 Jul 2020