Jim Bridger

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University of Oklahoma Press, Jun 14, 2013 - Biography & Autobiography - 364 pages

On March 20, 1822, the Missouri Republican published a notice addressed to enterprising young men in the St. Louise area. The subscriber, it said 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. For particulars enquire of Major Andrew Henry or of the subscriber near St. Louise. The subscriber was General William H. Ashley, and among the enterprising young men who embarked with Major Henry less than a month later was eighteen-year-old James Bridger, former blacksmiths apprentice. So began the Ashley-Henry fur empire and the long, colorful career of Jim Bridger.

In the years that followed, Jim Bridger became a master mountain man, an expert trapper, and a guide without equal. He came to know the Rocky Mountain region and its inhabitants as a farmer knows his fields and flocks. Indeed, J. Cecil Alter tells us, he was among the first white men to use the Indian trail over South Pass; he was first to taste the waters of the Great Salt lake, first to report a two-ocean stream, foremost in describing the Yellowstone Park phenomena, and the only man to run the Big Horn River rapid on a raft; and he originally selected the Crow Creek-Sherman-Dale Creek route the Laramie Mountains and Bridgers Pass over the Continental Divide, which were adopted by the Union pacific Railroad.

Such knowledge, together with extraordinary skill and uncanny luck, preserved Jim Bridger in a country where nearly half of his mountain companions met violent death. It also gave rise to a brood of impossible tales about Old Gabe and his adventures-tales which he himself may unwittingly have helped along with his droll humor.

Based on Mr. Alters original biography of 1925 (a facsimile edition of which, with addenda, appeared in 1950) and a wealth of new facts gleaned from many years of careful research, Jim Bridger is the authentic story of the Old Scouts life. Only those events in which Bridger took part are included; improbable and uncorroborated stories, however interesting, have been omitted.

 

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Contents

Chapter 1 Boyhood Memories
3
Chapter 2 Historical Detour
9
Chapter 3 Up the Missouri
13
Chapter 4 The Indian Country
18
Chapter 5 Blackfeet Defeat Trappers
22
Chaper 6 Arikaras Attack Ashley
25
Chapter 7 Army Aids Ashley
28
Chapter 8 Into the Wilderness
33
Chapter 29 Green River Rendezvous 1836
157
Chapter 30 A Winter on Yellowstone River
163
Chapter 31 Green River Rendezvous 1837
169
Chapter 32 The Smallpox Scare
175
Chapter 33 Bridger Breaks Bread
180
Chapter 34 Father de Smet Goes West
188
Chapter 35 Fraeb is Killed
194
Chapter 36 Bridger Meets Fremont
199

Chapter 9 A Famous Bear Story
38
Chapter 10 The Beaver Wonderland
44
Chapter 11 Hostile Weather
50
Chapter 12 Discovering Great Salt Lake
57
Chapter 13 Battle of Ogden Hole
63
Chapter 14 Ashleys First Rendezvous
69
Chapter 15 Bridgers Travels
76
Chapter 16 Indian Medicine Man
81
Chapter 17 Smith Jackson and Sublette
87
Chapter 18 Bear Lake Rendezcous 1827
93
Chapter 19 Ogden Notices Americans
97
Chapter 20 Bear Lake Rendezvous 1828
101
Chapter 21 First Wagons West
108
Chapter 22 Bridger Becomes Partner
113
Chapter 23 Battle of Pierres Hole
120
Chapter 24 Vanderburghs Death
126
Chapter 25 Trappers Amours
132
Chapter 26 Green River Rendezvous 1833
136
Chapter 27 Green River Rendezvous 1834
144
Chapter 28 Green River Rendezvous 1835
150
Chapter 37 Fort Bridger Appears
205
Chapter 38 Emigrants at Fort Bridger
213
Chapter 29 The Mormon Pioneers
223
Chapter 40 The FortyNiners
231
Chapter 41 Laramie Peace Council 1851
240
Chapter 42 Fort Bridger Taken
248
Chapter 43 Bridger Guides Gore
258
Chapter 44 The Utah War
266
Chapter 45 Sale of Fort Bridger
273
Chapter 46 Guiding Captain Raynolds
282
Chapter 47 Raynolds is Snowbound
288
Chapter 48 Guiding Colonel Collins
295
Chaprter 49 Guide to Montana Mines
304
Chapter 50 Powder River Expedition 1865
310
Chapter 51 Powder River Campaign 1866
318
Chapter 52 Powder Rivers Flaming Finals
329
Chapter 53 Bridgers Declining Years
337
Bibliography
343
Index
353
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J. Cecil Alter, who retired from the U.S. Weather Bureau in 1949 after forty-seven years of service, has long been interested in Western history. In addition to Utah: The Storied Domain, a four-volume history of that state, he has written two other books and many articles about the West and was for twenty years the editor of the Utah Historical Quarterly. A member of the American Geophysical Union, the American Meteorological Society, and the Utah State Historical Society, Mr. Alter now makes his home in Lomita, California.

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