Description: Eagle I Button and two small musket balls from the vicinity of Torrey's trading post.
Description: Historical Note: The firm of Torrey and Brothers, owned by brothers John F., David K. and Thomas S. Torrey, traded widely with the Indians for about ten years, from the time of John Torrey's arrival in Houston in 1838. In 1848, the Torreys sold the major trading house to George Barnard. The Torreys' trading activities were a vital part of Sam Houston's peace policy and acted as a civilizing agent for the Indians. The first frame house was built in Houston and was used as a trading post and supply center for their other posts. The Torreys operated a trading house on the Bosque River in 1842 and established houses at Austin, San Antonio (1844), New Braunfels (1845), and Fredericksburg. A branch store operated on the Navasota River in 1843, and, at President Sam Houston's request, the firm opened a branch at the falls of the Brazos. The Brazos post, on Tehuacana Creek in McLennan County, had a near monopoly of the Texas Indian trade.
Citation information: ATF0048, Artifacts collection. Archives and Information Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
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Size or duration: button: 0.6 in x 0.1 in; musket balls: 0.5 in diameter