Journal of a Trapper in the Rocky Mountains Between 1834 and 1843

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 excursion headed to Oregon when it comes to the Rocky Mountains. alongside the way in which he got the abilities valuable for survival within the mountains. He additionally realized the Snake language, hunted buffalo, and trapped beaver, hunted for new trails west, and stored a magazine that types the root of this vigorously real publication. The descriptions are so exact that modern readers are utilizing the publication to retrace Russell's footsteps!

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Path. The process the river the place we left it turns suddenly to the East and heads in a excessive craggy mountain lined with snow approximately 30 Mls far-off. This mountain is a spur of the Wind river diversity and is often known as the “Sweetwater Mountain”128 as that flow heads in its southern termination – After leaving the river we travelled approximately four Mls to the top of the department and encamped in a soft grassy simple at the divide among eco-friendly and Snake Rivers which head inside two hundred paces of one another at this position twenty sixth Travelled North approximately 15 Mls. descending a small circulation thro. a coarse mountaneous nation lined with pine bushes and underbrush and encamped at the Gros vent fork. twenty seventh We descended the Gros vent fork to “Jacksons gap” approximately 20 Mls. common direction West. twenty eighth We Lewis’ fork thro. the Valley crossing numerous huge streams coming in from the East we then left the valley and the river approximately five Mls. thro. a bit of tough piney kingdom and got here to Jacksons Lake that is shaped through the river. We encamped on the outlet at a small prarie a couple of mile in circumference. This lake is ready 25 Mls lengthy and three broad mendacity Nth & South bordered at the east by way of pine swamps and marshes extending from 1 to two Mls from the Lake to the spurs of the Mountain at the SW. stands the three Tetons whose darkish frightful types emerging unexpectedly from the Lake 128. most likely Gannett height, elevation 13,785 toes, the top element in Wyoming. magazine OF A TRAPPER — eighty three and towering above the clouds casts a dismal color upon the waters underneath when the water rushes in torrents down the grim precipices from the snow in which they're topped The excessive diversity of Mountains at the west after leaving the Tetons slope progressively to the Nth and unfold into low piney mountains. This position like several different marshes and swamps one of the mountains is infested with innumerable swarms of horse flies and musketoes to the good annoyance of guy and beast throughout the day however the chilly air descending from the mountains at evening compells them to hunt safeguard one of the leaves and grass at an early hour. online game is lots and the river and lake abounds with fish. After looking the streams and marshes approximately this lake we left it, at the seventh of August and travelled down Lewis’ fork approximately four Mls to the second one circulate working into it at the east part under the Lake. 129 This we ascended approximately 12 Mls East and encamped one of the pines just about the place it emerged from a deep kanyon within the mountain eighth We took accross a excessive spur thickly coated with pines intermingled with brush and fallen trees in a NE course for approximately 12 Mls the place we fell right into a small valley on a left hand department of the flow we had left ninth We took up this department due North approximately 10 Mls. whilst it turning brief to the precise we left it and ascended a slim Glen holding a Nth path occasionally vacationing thro. thick pines after which crossing small eco-friendly spots thro. which little streams have been operating from the rest banks of snow mendacity one of the pines within the colour of the mountains for roughly 6 Mls after we got here to a delicate prarie approximately 2 Mls lengthy and part a Ml.

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