Caleb Greenwood

Managing Real Estate Broker with Fathom Realty PB00068179

Caleb Greenwood was born in Virginia back in 1783. I don’t have any information on him until 1810 when he took part in a fur trapping expedition with John Jacob Astor.  He trapped independently on the Arkansas River and the upper Missouri River.  He was also in good company like Jim Bridger when they crossed the Wind River Mountains.

In 1825, he joined a group led by Jedediah Smith with the Hudson’s Bay Company. In 1844, he guided a group across the Sierra Nevada mountain range.  He returned the next year with two sons pioneering a new route bypassing the Truckee River Canyon. He died in 1873, he was 90.

What you may not know about Caleb is that in 1846 on his return trip, well that is something you may have heard of the California Trail.  That’s right he was the person who founded that trail, only now you know the rest of the story.

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Barbara Tattersall
Keller Williams Realty Metropolitan (Keene,NH) - Keene, NH

He must have been one tough survivalist.  With all that fresh air, no wonder he lived until 90!

May 07, 2020 02:54 AM #1
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team

Good morning, James Dray here's a photo of the trail.... 

California Trail - Wikipedia         Meet Caleb Greenwood, mountain man extraordinaire |


and I guess he looked like that without the women giving him smiles....

May 07, 2020 03:39 AM #2
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello James - I had not previously heard of Mr. Greenwood but some of the names of his associates were known to me. 

May 07, 2020 04:03 AM #3
Donald Urschalitz
Lubeck Realty Group - Jupiter, FL
P.A. Realtor ABR RSPS North Palm Beach County

He was one adventuring guy, and I did hear of him since I walked some of those trails.

May 07, 2020 04:51 AM #4
Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

Good morning, James... the California Trail was not one I'm familiar with. This was certainly a man who loved to explore.

May 07, 2020 04:53 AM #5
faye schubert
Branson, MO
Living the Branson Lake Life

I love to learn about these trailblazers!

May 07, 2020 04:55 AM #6
Michael J. Perry
KW Elite - Lancaster, PA
Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist

Very interesting ! But if he had stuck with John Jacob Astor he would have been a Gazillionaire. ! 

May 07, 2020 05:03 AM #7
Raymond E. Camp
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Good morning James,

At least he wasn't required to wear a mask! I would love to take the horses and follow the trail, especially now!

Make yourself an astonishing day.

May 07, 2020 05:03 AM #8
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning James. And, you are correct, now I know the rest of the story! Enjoy your day!

May 07, 2020 05:25 AM #9
Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400 - Devon, PA
Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Philly Main Line

I think I would have liked him being out in nature all the time, bet he was a pretty tough kind of guy.

May 07, 2020 06:36 AM #10
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


Another first for me re the California Trail.  Wishing you another wonderful day!  A

May 07, 2020 08:12 AM #11
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Hmm, so that is how our roads began?  It is crazy to think of how people traveled from place to place back in the day.

May 07, 2020 08:41 AM #12
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good afternoon James Dray - yes, that was just three years before the California Gold Rush.

May 07, 2020 12:18 PM #13
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor

He was an outdoors man and an adventurer James Dray . What a great pioneering spirit he had.

May 07, 2020 02:24 PM #14
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi James- what a journey that must have been in those days. No roadside rest stops or paved roads either!!!

May 07, 2020 06:05 PM #15
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams Fox Cities - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Hi James,  Thanks for sharing this great story of Caleb Greenwood and his historical travels.

May 07, 2020 08:28 PM #16
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Thanks for an interesting read, James. This was all news to me despite living in CA. And thanks to Barbara Todaro for more information!


May 08, 2020 04:55 PM #17
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