Jim Bridger: Mountain Man

Jim Bridger: Mountain Man

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by Stanley Vestal, Vestal
     
 

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Even among the mighty mountain men, Jim Bridger was a towering figure. He was one of the greatest explorers and pathfinders in American history. He couldn't write his name, but at eighteen he had braved the fury of the Missouri, ascending it in a keelboat flotilla commanded by that stalwart Mike Fink. By 1824, when he was only twenty, he had discovered the Great

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Even among the mighty mountain men, Jim Bridger was a towering figure. He was one of the greatest explorers and pathfinders in American history. He couldn't write his name, but at eighteen he had braved the fury of the Missouri, ascending it in a keelboat flotilla commanded by that stalwart Mike Fink. By 1824, when he was only twenty, he had discovered the Great Salt Lake. Later he was to open the Overland Route, which was the path of the Overland Stage, the Pony Express, and the Union Pacific. One of the foremost trappers in the Rocky Mountain Fur Company, he was a legend in his own time as well as ours. He remains one of the most important scouts and guides in the history of the West.

The Christian Science Monitor has called this biography "probably the fairest portrait of Jim Bridger in existence." The New York Times has praise for a "painstaking job of research among the usual Bridger sources and among some others which have been neglected. . . . [The author] has adequately set the scene for his hero's adventures and has honestly appraised the great guide's historical stature."Other Bison Books by Stanley Vestal: Dodge City: Queen of Cowtowns, Joe Meek: The Merry MOuntain Man; The Missouri, The Old Santa Fe Trail, and Warpath: The True Story of the Fighting Sioux Told in a Biography of Chief White Bull

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ISBN-13:
9780803257207
Publisher:
UNP - Bison Books
Publication date:
03/28/1970
Pages:
333
Sales rank:
71,676
Product dimensions:
5.32(w) x 8.01(h) x 0.69(d)

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Jim Bridger - Mountain Man 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I will first say that this is a good read for anyone interested in the Hero named Bridger or settling the west. Vestal does a good job in portraying Bridger as the incredible man he was. But I also came away with a couple of concerns. Most importantly I went away taking the 'facts' with a grain of salt. On page 128 there is a description of a painting, with reference to the name and artist of the painting. However, Mr Vestal somehow not only references the wrong name for the painting (though the two names of these similar paintings are almost identical) but he references John Mix Stanley as the artist. Mr. Stanley is not the painter of either the painting Vestal describes or the painting to which name he references. Having found this glaring mistake, my mind was left to second guess the validity of much of the other research. The two other concerns are much smaller in nature. One: Vestal continually plays every story into Bridger's favor, but of course he would - he is writing a biography about his hero. And two: Vestal only make passing comments concerning Jim's family until suddenly on the last two pages there are constant references to the family. Leaving one rather confused as to how many times Jim was married, how many children of what sex he had and so on. But in the end, i would recommend this book to anyone - along with the above concerns of course.
Tracker711 More than 1 year ago
Mountain men would have made good navy seals. The book tells of their life and death struggles and way of life Many of the stories they told were thought by men they guided as tall tales, but today we know if anything they were modest. Stories of Yellow Stone Park, the 60 to 80 mph winds of the Rockies Blizzards with sub zero weather and many other wonders of the west. Fairly fast moving, even for a younger reader. To top it off a well qualified author with an eye for detail, but selectively so. A lot of ground is covered. Good reading
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Entertaining and informtive
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
written about 1946 its takes a little time to get used to the writers cadence, style and language. Once past this and the occassional bad day at the typewriter for the author ( early in the book) i think the old west history buff will really like it...... this is one of the books i would read again in a couple years i enjoyed it that much.
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