By Osborne Russell
In 1830, 16-year-old Osborne Russell left his Maine farm and ran away to sea. He didn't love it. He ended up becoming a member of an day trip headed to Oregon in terms of the Rocky Mountains. alongside the best way he got the abilities invaluable for survival within the mountains. He additionally discovered the Snake language, hunted buffalo, and trapped beaver, sought for new trails west, and saved a magazine that kinds the foundation of this vigorously real publication. The descriptions are so exact that modern readers are utilizing the ebook to retrace Russell's footsteps!
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88) : “Friday, June 1  . . ” JOURNAL OF A TRAPPER — 53 lowed down about six miles when the defile opened into a beautiful valley about 15 mls. in circumference thro. which the Stream ran in the direction above stated and entered the mountain on the East side. Here a dispute arose about the part of country we were in. Our Leader maintained that this was a branch of the Yellow Stone River but some of the Trappers had been in this valley before and knew it to be a branch of wind River96 pointed out their old encampments and the Beaver lodges where they had been trapping 2 years previous.
But our man at the helm was inflexible, he commanded the party and had a right to call the streams by what names he pleased and as a matter of course this was called the Yellow Stone. Three of the party however called it Wind River and left us but not before one of them had given our Charge d’affairs a sound drubbing about some small matters of little importance to any one but themselves – 11th We left the stream and crossed the valley in a N E direction ascended a high point of mountain thickly covered with pines then descended over cliffs and crags crossing deep gulches among the dark forests of pines and logs until about noon when we came into a smooth grassy spot about a mile in circumference watered by a small rivulet which fell from the rocks above [passed] thro.
Finally he gave it up and openly declared he could form no distinct idea what part of the country we were in. l2th Myself and another had orders to mount 2 of the best mules and ascend the mountain to see if we could discover any pass to the N West of us. We left the campt and travelled in a North direction about 2 Mls. then turning to our left around a high point of perpendicular rock entered a narrow glen which led N West up the Mountain thro. this we directed our course ascending over the loose fragments of rock which had fallen from the dark threatning precipices that seemed suspended in the air above us on either side for about 5 Mls.
Journal of a Trapper in the Rocky Mountains Between 1834 and 1843 by Osborne Russell