ANDERSON, Steve A




Author Tags: Forts and Fur

Steve A. Anderson, born in 1955, spent his formative years living just outside the Hudson Bay Company’s land claims in Pierce County, Washington. He retains a passionate interest in the places related to the Pacific Northwest’s fur trade era, even though he now calls the Crystal Coast of North Carolina his home. Anderson has been researching and writing stories on the Pacific Northwest’s fur trade since the early 1980s. After earning a history degree from Colorado State University, with some graduate work at the University of Idaho, Moscow, he returned to the bunch-grass covered prairies of his youth, University Place, Washington, to enter the museum field. He soon found employment as administrator of the Fort Nisqually Living History Museum in Tacoma’s Point Defiance Park. While there, he established that site’s magazine Occurrences: the Journal of Northwest History during the Fur Trade. To fill the quarterly’s pages, Anderson dug deep into the archives, carefully picking through the documentation to produce a variety of non-fiction articles and biographies. Anderson’s fur trade articles (and artwork) have also graced the pages of Columbia Magazine, the Pacific Northwest Quarterly, the Renton Historical Quarterly and the Cowlitz County Historical Quarterly during the past 20 years.

BOOKS:

The Physical Structure of Fort Nisqually: A Preliminary Study on the Structural Development of a Hudson’s Bay Company Site, 1843 – 1859 (Metro Park District: 1988)

Fort Nisqually Indian Accounts Book, 1849 – 1851 (Rampart Museum Services: 2010).

Angus McDonald of the Great Divide: The Uncommon Life of a Fur Trader, 1816-1889 (Museum of North Idaho 2011)

Review of the author's work by BC Studies:
Angus McDonald of the Great Divide: The Uncommon Life of a Fur Trader 1816-1889

[BCBW 2012] "Forts & Furs"