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The adventures of the mountain men : true tales of hunting, trapping, fighting, adventure, and survival / edited and introduced by Stephen Brennan.
Publication Information:
New York, NY : Skyhorse Publishing, [2017]

℗♭ 2013, ℗♭ 2017
Physical Description:
x, 306 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.
The trappers / Journal of a voyage to the Rocky Mountains / Ten days in the mountains with the Lewis and Clark expedition, journals -- Coulter's run / Bonneville in the mountains / Stories of Jed Smith and the Ashley-Henry men / Joe Meek: the merry mountain man / Adventures of Zenas Leonard / Game and inhabitants of the northern mountains / Trouble in the family of James P. Beckworth / A mountain hunt / James "Jim" Bridger / Following the sheep
A collection of anecdotes about hunting, trapping, and exploring in the Rocky Mountains in the first half of the nineteenth century.


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978.020922 ADV Book Adult General Collection

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Incredible stories from those who thrived in the Wild West.

The "mountain men" were the hunters and trappers who fiercely strode the Rocky Mountains in the early to mid-1800s. They braved the elements in search of the skins of beavers and other wild animals, to sell or barter for goods. The lifestyle of the mountain men could be harsh, existing as they did among animals, and spending most of their days and nights living and camping out in the great unexplored wilds of the Rockies. Life outdoors presented many threats, not least among them Native Americans, who were hostile to the mountain men encroaching on the area for their own purposes. For a certain kind of pioneer, this risk and more were outweighed by the benefits of living free, without the restrictions and boundaries of "civilized" settlements.

Included in this collection are tales from great writers, including:

Washington Irving
Stanley Vestal
Osborne Russell
Francis Parkman Jr.
And many more!
In The Adventures of the Mountain Men , New York Times bestselling author Stephen Brennan has compiled many of the best stories about the mountain men--the most daring exploits, the death-defying chances taken to hunt big game, the clashes with the arrows of Native Americans, and also the moments when the men were struck by the incomparable beauty of the unsullied, majestic Rocky Mountains.

Author Notes

Stephen Brennan is the author of Mountain Man Skills and Survival Skills of the Native Americans as well as the editor of The Best Pirate Stories Ever Told and The Best Sailing Stories Ever Told. He has worked as a circus clown, teacher, cabaret artist, director, shepherd, playwright, and an actor.

Table of Contents

W. F. WagnerFrançois Antoine LarocqueJohn BradburyWashington IrvingJohn G. NeihardtStanley VestalOsborne RussellFrancis Parkman Jr.Grenville M. DodgeWilliam Frederic BadèCarl P. Russell
Introduction by the Editorp. vii
Chapter I The Trappersp. 1
Chapter II Journal of a Voyage to the Rocky Mountainsp. 31
Chapter III Ten Days in the Mountains: With the Lewis and Clark Expedition Journalsp. 70
Chapter IV Coulter's Runp. 85
Chapter V Bonneville in the Mountains: From The Adventures of Captain Bonnevillep. 89
Chapter VI Stories of Jed Smith and the Ashley-Henry Men: From The Splendid Wayfaring: Jedediah Smith and the Ashley-Henry Menp. 110
Chapter VII Joe Meek: The Merry Mountain Man: From The Merry Mountain Alanp. 144
Chapter VIII Adventures of Zenas Leonard: From Narrative of the Adventures of Zenas Leonard Himselfp. 162
Chapter IX Game and Inhabitants of the Northern Mountains: From Journal of a Trapperp. 174
Chapter X Trouble in the Family of James P. Beckworth: From The Life and Adventures of James P. Beckworth Himselfp. 195
Chapter XI A Mountain Huntp. 205
Chapter XII James "Jim" Bridger: From Biographical Sketch of James Bridgerp. 229
Chapter XIII Following the Sheep: From The Life and Letters of John Muirp. 250
Appendix: Miscellaneous Iron Tools and Weapons that Went into the West: From Firearms, Traps, and Tools of the Mountain Menp. 264