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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 best way he received the talents priceless for survival within the mountains. He additionally realized the Snake language, hunted buffalo, and trapped beaver, searched for new trails west, and stored a magazine that types the root of this vigorously real e-book. The descriptions are so exact that modern readers are utilizing the ebook to retrace Russell's footsteps!

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At the 15 Elbridge arrived having fallen in with a celebration of hunters quickly after leaving me within the Mountains after having misplaced his traps in crossing Grays river. a number of days after he arrived he expressed a want that i'd decide on him and others to make a hunt within the Yellow Stone mountains I responded I had noticeable adequate of the Yellow Stone Mountains and furthermore I meant to catch in destiny with a celebration who wouldn't go away me in a ‘pinch. ’ at the 22d of June i began with horses six traps and a few few books desiring to hunt at the waters of Snake river within the area of citadel corridor. I went to Grays gap set my traps and staid five days. From there I went directly to Milk fork220 the place I staid till the 15 of July From thence I took a north course thro the Mountains and fell directly to a circulate working into Lewis Fork close to the mouth of Salt River the place I staid 12 days after which lower back to Grays Marsh and staid till the 3d of August I then travelled thro. the mountains SE directly to the pinnacle streams of Gardners fork the place I spent the time looking the small branches until eventually the fifteenth – From there i began in the direction of the fortress looking the streams that have been at the course and arrived at the 22d – After preventing right here a couple of days i began in corporation with three trappers certainly one of whom was once ‘Major Meek’ and travelled to the forks of Snake river From there we ascended Henry’s fork approximately 15 Mls after which took up a movement in a SW course into the Mountain yet discovering no Beaver we crossed the mountain and struck Lewis fork within the kanyon the place after 220. This move can't be pointed out. magazine OF A TRAPPER — 177 trapping a few days we went directly to Grays creek the place after staying a few days we killed a fats Grizzly undergo and a few antelope loaded the beef on our horses and commenced to the castle the place we arrived at the 22 of Septr. at the first of Octr. I back left the castle with a Frenchman who had an Indian spouse and childrens and used to be occurring to eco-friendly river to cross the iciness there. We travelled up Portneuf approximately 15 Mls the place we stopped tomorrow and hunted antelope and the day following we travelled up the circulate approximately 20 Mls while after staying 10 dys we went to the Soda Springs on endure river the following we concluded to spend a month on Bar river traveling slowly searching Beaver and Antelope because the latter is the single video game during this a part of the rustic. Beaver additionally have been getting very scarce. at the fifteenth of Novr. the snow started to fall and my comrade all started along with his kinfolk accross the mountain to eco-friendly river and that i lower back in the direction of the fortress On my means down endure river I met hundreds of thousands of antelope vacationing in the direction of their wintry weather quarters that is commonly in eco-friendly river Valley I undergo River right down to Cache Valley the place i discovered 20 motels of Snake Indians and staid with them a number of days that they had a variety of Beaver Skins yet I had not anything to alternate for them. They informed me if i might visit the castle and get a few items go back and spend the wintry weather with them they'd exchange their Furs with me. i began for the castle with one in every of them whom I engaged to help me with my horses.

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