Back in St Louis one of his first stops was at the home of William Clark. There he furnished very valuable information to William Clark, who was compiling maps for the Journals of the Lewis and Clark Expedition. Back in St Louis with his fur trade profits, military salary and land grant he bought a farm near New Haven, Missouri. Colter could not read or write but described his western Blackfoot and trapping experiences to William Clark when he returned to St. Louis in 1812. His descriptions of the events were identical to those penned by Mr. Thomas and Dr. John Bradbury three years earlier. Clark documented Colter's descriptions of his adventures and these descriptions were eventually printed in a New York newspaper and this article was later printed in a Louisville, Kentucky newspaper in 1885. Since Colter had quit the Expedition before they returned to St. Louis in 1806 he still had not received his military pay for the two and a half years he had worked for the Lewis and Clark Expedition. Meriwether Lewis, who had agreed in 1806 to hold his pay, had died in October of 1809, three years earlier. In 1803, Colter enlisted in the Lewis and Clark Expedition as a private with a salary of $5.00 per month or around $150. Colter ended up having to hire an attorney to get his back pay and probably his land grant of 300 acres. After the Expedition all members of the Expedition were given a land grant of land for their Expedition services. Colter's grant was probably the land he briefly farmed near New Haven, Missouri in 1812. In 1812, Colter was looking for more adventure and joined the Nathan Boone Rangers in the War of 1812. Nathan Boone was the youngest son of Daniel Boone and lived only a few miles from Colter's farm in New Haven. During this war Colter contacted “yellow jaundice” is believed to have died after returning home. Yellow jaundice, with a symptom of yellowing of the whites of the eye and skin, is normally caused by hepatitis or liver cancer but some believe his consumption of Rush's laxative pills (about 1/3 of he contents was poison mercury) during the Expedition could have contributed to his death. Either before or after leaving the War of 1812 Colter is believed to have returned to St. Louis, Missouri, where he married an Osage Indian girl named Sally. Finally settling down in today's New Haven, MO, he lived on a farm near Dundee Road and became the father of a son named Hiram. In the Spring of 1813 a small party of fur trappers, having heard of Colter's travels up the Missouri stopped at Colter's farm to ask questions about his now famous exploration of the West. One of these trappers later wrote that Colter seemed to want to go with them, but did not feel he should because of his recent marriage and new son. Just months after the trappers passed Colter's farm he died on either May the 7th, 1812 or in November 1813 of jaundice, not yet 40 years old. There is some confusion about his burial place. One version is that he was buried in the cemetery of the Fee Fee Baptist Church at Bridgeton, Missouri, near his little farm. The records of the church contain an entry for a grave for "John Colter - fur trader with Manuel Lisa." Supposedly there was once a marker there bearing Colter's name, but it is not there now. The other version, and most likely, is that he was buried in a small cemetery atop a hill near Dundee Road in New Haven, which came to be called Tunnel Hill when in 1926 the railroad, to improve its elevation, excavated a wide cut through the hill to level off the train's hill climb. As the steam shovels ate into the hillside, a workman noticed more than dirt being crunched. There were bones and the remains of crude wooden coffins. If John Colter was buried there, he is now distributed along the right of way of the Missouri Pacific Railroad. Colter's son Hiram was the father of eight children. In 1926 many of John Colter's descendants still lived in the Dundee Road area and probably still there today. The following is my a return trip to Missouri last summer. Location of New Haven, Missouri – where Colter finally settled down to civilization. New Haven is beside the  on the map. Very small little farming town. New Haven is on the LEFT side of the map next the the GREEN 1. If anyone goes there be aware that the nearest bridge to cross the muddy Missouri may be 40 miles away. Approaching New Haven to the south. New Haven's claim to fame is that it is the home of John Colter. I was looking for the John Colter Museum with no sight of any signs. A local policeman apparently recognized my bike from a Ride Report last year and waved for me to follow him to the museum....... Not only did he give me a 3 mile escorted tour to the museum but ...but as I checked out the neighborhood he came back an hour later and officially made me “a New Haven policeman for the day”. The John Colter Museum...(closed for the day) Official badge: Yes, I used to be a policeman...for a day. Random Lewis and Clark markers in New Haven. Colter Information booth and Memorial overlooking the Missouri River. The story of the rock inside the Memorial. With limited funding for the John Colter's memorial someone in New Haven thought it would be a good idea to tie Colter to his discovery of Yellowstone. A New Haven citizen contacted Billings, Montana to see if someone would help find an appropriate rock from inside Yellowstone for Colter's memorial. A coordinated effort from a contractor, a rock engraver and a wrecker service came to the rescue. They retrieved the below bolder from inside Yellowstone and a wrecker service delivered the engraved several ton rock to the John Colter Memorial in New Haven. New Haven and John Colter marker...(worth the read). John Colter's Grave – Oh the mysteries about John Colter's grave. This is believed to be the events leading to Colter's death: When he died in 1812 his widow barely spoke any English and not knowing what to do immediately upon Colter's death left their cabin and moved back in with her relatives on the Osage reservation. Colter's remains lay in their tiny cabin for the next 114 years. Some local New Haven farmers apparently bought Colter's unclaimed land and when tearing down his tiny collapsed and rotted cabin discovered his skeleton remains. Reportedly beside his body was a decayed leather pouch with the initials JC branded into the leather. It is known that members of the Expedition wore buckskin shirts and pants without pockets for storing pocket knives, tobacco, etc and were either issued these leather pouches or made them themselves. Irregardless, no one know if this was factually John Colters remains but these remains are believe to be those of John Colter's buried on a hillside in New Haven. Colter's grave was believed to be in a New Haven Fee Fee Baptist church cemetery, at least there was a record at the church of a John Colter grave. It is believed that his grave was accidentally dug up when a rail road track was being lowered in the early 1900's. In the below picture there is a rail road track behind the tree line that is believed to be the site where his grave was accidentally dug up and his remains were spread down the rail road right of way. On the opposite side of the trees and rail road tracks is the entrance to Colter's Landing, a boat launch road going into the Missouri River. And the mystery uncovered....Buffalo Creek. Looking backwards, one of William Clark main responsibility of the expedition was developing a map of their travels. This included noting the location of every creek and river merging into the Missouri. In June 7th, 1804, as the Expedition passed what would eventually be New Haven, Missouri, Clark sees a small creek merging into the mighty muddy Missouri River and named the creek “Buffalo Creek” because their hunters of the day had seen signs of buffalo on the river banks. Clark's spelling of “Buffalo” was “Boeuf”. Though not written in the Journals one wonders if Colter was one of the hunters for the day. Irregardless, Colter returned to this creek bottom in 1810 or 1811 to claim the land as his farm. The below is a view of what is believed to be the land that was once John Colter's farm. Location of New Haven, site of his grave: Located a few miles off Hwy 94: Typical house of the area during 1750's- 1825 along the Missouri River. This replica is in Marthasville, Missouri just a few miles from John Colter's grave. Vertical pole (log cabins) were typically 10'x10'. Colter memorial = N 38 36.894 w 091 12.784 (as time permits I'll do Drouillard's life next) As a fan of Drouillard, it should have been the Lewis, Clark and Drouillard Expedition.