Profiles in Mojave Desert History
(1780 - 1854)
Isaac Slover was an American 19th century fur trader. He was one of the first American trappers officially
allowed into New Mexico, as part of the expedition of Hugh Glenn and Jacob Fowler. Slover is known for
his association with many other trappers in the American Southwest, including
working the tributaries of the
in 1824, and James and Sylvester Pattie
on the Gila River in 1828. He was one of the first trappers to take up formal residence at Taos, New Mexico. From
New Mexico, Slover crossed the southwest into California, and helped open overland trading between that province
and New Mexico.
By 1843, Slover had established himself and his family in California, settling near
San Bernardino. He continued to
trap and hunt in the region, and died of injuries received in a bear attack in 1854.
The Horrible Death of Isaac Slover