In 1867, Joseph Douglass Occupied Rath's Trading Ranche


     In 1867, Joseph Douglass came to the crossing and occupied Rath's recently vacated trading ranche. Whether he functioned as a civilian entrepreneur or the post trader at Fort Zarah remains obscure. However, the matter became academic in May of 1868 when Cheyennes and Araphoes burned the ranche building. Douglass soon left to established the Butler County town which still bears his name. There, he was mortally wounded by a chicken thief in 1871.

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