The Greatest Mountain Men Stories Ever Told

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From just after the Louisiana Purchase until the end of the Plains Wars, rugged individuals made their way to the streams and rivers of the Indian territories of what became the Western United States. The Greatest Mountain Men Stories Ever Told by Lamar Underwood is a collection of that history of narrow escapes, trapping, and all out ruggedness. The collection of stories is taken mostly from journals; or stories written down while the teller lived, primary sources of the life of the time. They are for the most part true. The mountain man either worked for himself or for a large trapping company; either way he had to know the signs of ambush, how to set the traps for a wily beaver or other fur bearer, how to prepare the hides so they did not rot, and most importantly how to get back to a place to sell his furs. There are stories of men who almost froze to death, of men who had to deal with the native peoples and not be killed, of men who had to learn quick and fast how to survive in a wilderness that had beauty, treasure, and vastness but absolutely no pity. In this last lies the appeal of the book: these men met the wild on its own terms and came off the conquerors–otherwise they died. I enjoyed reading it and recommend it.

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Author Lamar Underwood, Editor
Star Count 4/5
Format Trade
Page Count 304 pages
Publisher Lyons Press
Publish Date 2018-May-15
ISBN 9781493032877
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Issue October 2018
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