Fort Bridger, Wyoming: Trading Post for Indians, Mountain Men and Westward Migrants

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McFarland, 15 Jan 2007 - 200 halaman
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For nearly fifty years, Fort Bridger played a role in all major events of the 19th century Rocky Mountain frontier and westering experience. Founded in 1842 by mountain man Jim Bridger, this southwestern Wyoming post was one of the most important outfitting points for travelers on the Oregon Trail, riders of the Pony Express, the Overland Stage, and the Union Pacific Railroad. Trappers, buffalo hunters, Forty-niners, soldiers and outlaws would pass through what is now the Fort Bridger State Historic Site. This post, or fort, is used as a basis for an illustrated account of the Rocky Mountain West. The book explores reasons why American Indian behavior varied between helpfulness and aggression toward mountain men and emigrants. Also detailed are weapons of the frontier, Fort Bridger’s role in the 1857 Mormon War, the 1867 Wind River Mountains gold rush, and the Great Diamond Hoax of 1872. Several appendices are presented, including a discussion of gender in the westering movement and a selected chronology of frontier history. Interesting and highly detailed excerpts are taken from such primary sources as a trapper’s journal and an 1850 account of buffalo butchering.

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Looking for the Frontier West
7
Westering
14
Indians of the Northern Rockies
23
Mountain Men and the Fur Trade
40
Gentiles and Saints The Great Migrations
57
Crossroads of the West
77
Gold Silver and Diamonds
95
Frontier Ways of Life Soldier Cowboy Outlaw Sheepman Buffalo Hunter
106
Gender in Frontier History
151
The Snake Shoshoni Indians Excerpts from Osborne Russells Journal of a Trapper 1914
153
How to Butcher a Buffalo Captain Howard Stansburys Account 1850
155
A Western Mining Engineer Henry Janin 18381911
157
Ballad of the Outlaw Sam Bass
160
Selected Chronology
163
Bibliography
167
Endnotes
173

Frontier Weapons
126
The West of Our Imagination
142

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Halaman 12 - Up to and including 1880 the country had a frontier of settlement, but at present the unsettled area has been so broken into by isolated bodies of settlement that there can hardly be said to be a frontier line.
Halaman 15 - To enterprising young men. The subscriber wishes to engage one hundred young men to ascend the Missouri river to its source, there to be employed for one, two, or three years.

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Hunt Janin is an American writer living in southwestern France. He has written numerous nonfiction and scholarly books on a range of subjects, including medieval history and cross-cultural studies.

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