History Tip of the Day – December 6th

Kit Carson is born, December 24, 1809

Christopher Carson was born in Madison County, Kentucky, the eleventh of fifteen children. His father was a celebrated hunter and farmer who had fought in the Revolution. Within a year of Kit’s birth, the family moves to the frontier settlement of Cooper’s Fort in Boonslick County, Missouri. This was considered the edge of civilization. It took great skill and daunting courage to survive. Those who took the risk were the mountain men, the trappers, the explorers, and the soldiers who went into the unknown. Carson became a man of that wilderness, learning how to track and shoot, and, when necessary, fight Indians.