Journal of a Trapper is one of the most important first hand accounts of the mountain man era In it, Russell provides a detailed narrative describing the day to day life of an ordinary trapper in the Rocky Mountains The Journal begins when Russell hired on with Nathaniel Wyeths second expedition to the west He participated in the establishment of Fort Hall, and later became a free trapper He trapped for nine years in the greater Yellowstone region before leaving the mountains to settle in Oregon.Osborne Russell 1814 August 2, 1892 was a mountain man and politician who helped form the government of the U.S state of Oregon He was born in Maine.Russell first came to the Oregon Country in 1834 as a member of Nathaniel J Wyeths second expedition He returned to the country in 1842 with the Elijah White party He participated in the May 2, 1843 Champoeg Meeting, voting in favor of forming a government In October of that year he was selected by the First Executive Committee to serve as the supreme judge for the Provisional Government of Oregon and served until May 14, 1844 In 1844, he was elected to the second Executive Committee of the Provisional Government of Oregon He was allied with the group that planned to create an independent Republic of the Pacific and thus was unsuccessful in his run for governor of the Provisional Government in 1845, losing to George Abernethy Russell eventually went to California.Although not published until well after the establishment of Yellowstone National Park, Osbornes Journal of a Trapper contains an early description of the Lamar Valley or Osbornes Secluded Valley in Yellowstone....
|Title||:||Journal of a Trapper: Nine Years in the Rocky Mountains 1834-1843|
|Publisher||:||Osborne Russell 13 Dezember 2016|
|Number of Pages||:||472 Pages|
|File Size||:||675 KB|
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Journal of a Trapper: Nine Years in the Rocky Mountains 1834-1843 Reviews
I am a wildlife biologist working in part of the area where Osborne Russell traveled. I have visited many of the sites writen about and I'm constantly comparing Russel's world with what is here today. His discritptions and comments of the lands and wildlife provide a unique window to what Idaho, Montana, and Wyoming were like before white settlement.His journal also documents the hardships faced by the first whites into these country and the Native Americans already there. This work is a truthful account of the life and history of the mountain men in the Rockies.
I was in high school growing up on the Snake river Plain in Idaho when I read this book. I had to take a summer school course on Idaho history and this was our text, we spent the summer reading this book and then traveling to many of the locations in it and experiencing first hand the sights and sounds of the story. It was a great experiance and it has stayed with me ever since. If you live in this area or are just interested in this kind of story I highly reccomend this book.
This is one of the my favorite books. The writer was not only a tough grizzled mountain man but a pretty good writer considering he kept a 12 year journal while travelling around the West fighting indians and trapping beaver.We took the book and went to Yellowstone and retraced the route of 1 year of the dairy. The writing is so discriptive, we could actually follow his route by landmarks. It was the best vacation we ever took.This book is a must for western history buffs!
Even for me who thrives on these early American tales this is tough to get through. It plods along in a monotone way. The author does warn in the beginning that if you are looking for an adventure novel this is just his "diary" of sorts and isn't that exciting, more of a testimonial. I love the authors matter-of-fact way of describing what's going on around him whether it's and Indian attack or the man from Pennsylvania getting swept down the swollen river and drowning. These people were TOUGH and had to be to cut it back then. For $1 it's worth it.
Osborne Russell was the real article: a respondent to Ashley's famous advertisement "to enterprising young men", Russell was one of the few who both survived and wrote about the experience. His life as a trapper was an enviable one, for he both survived and thrived in his nine years in the mountains, and those experiences stood him in good stead for the remainder of his life as a frontiersman in Oregon and California. However, his writings consist primarily of an uninspired travelogue: spend two weeks trapping on this creek, then three weeks on this other creek, then crossed the divide and descended this river to that fort, then spent two weeks trapping that river, etc. There are a few good yarns mixed in and he met many famous people, but you'll find more yarns, better told, and more insights, and better biography, in other books. If you've read a dozen good books about the mountain men, then you should add Russell to your list, but first you should read , which is fantastic, and also , equally so, even though they were both written by modern authors. If you want an eyewitness account, then your first stop should be , one of the best books about a mountain man's life by anybody, from anywhen. You'll also want to check out to get some more background on some of these characters, and after that, you'll probably want to read more about the likes of Jed Smith, Jim Bridger, John Coulter and Hugh Glass (who came closer than any other man to getting et by a grizzly without actually dying) before you turn to the relatively humdrum life of Osborne Russell. So, to sum it up, I'd trade moccasins with Osborne any day, but there are better tales in store from other mountain men.
There is a lot of text about going up a canyon, turning Southeast, continuing to the North, passing through a mile-wide valley, etc, etc. But the stories in between are just incredible! And to hear it in the words of the person who experienced it more than 150 years ago! I live in the same part of the country where this took place and it really makes me want to get out in the wilderness more.
Fun and interesting read. It is fairly easy to following the wording and easier to read than I expected as it is a diary format. I read it on a Kindle and it would have helped to have had an easier way to reference a map. Nonetheless, as an outdoorsman, I appreciated the diary and the descriptions of his travel and camping. I have my doubts as to how accurate it is - he seems to have covered many miles in in short times - but it is worth the read.
I thought I would be reading about the trials and escapades of a mountain man.. but what I got was a travel log of all the rivers and streams in the "west". I know to go west or north or south or east to find this stream or river or meadow but I still don't know much about the life of a mountain man. This was supposedly written by an uneducated person from Boston.. I wish I could write as well as this uneducated Bostonian "did".......