John Colter: His Years in the Rockies

Overview

John Colter was a crack hunter with the Lewis and Clark expedition before striking out on his own as a mountain man and fur trader. A solitary journey in the winter of 1807-8 took him into present-day Wyoming. To unbelieving trappers he later reported sights that inspired the name of Colter's Hell. It was a sulfurous place of hidden fires, smoking pits, and shooting water. And it was real. John Colter is known to history as probably the first white man to discover the region that now includes Yellowstone National...
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Overview

John Colter was a crack hunter with the Lewis and Clark expedition before striking out on his own as a mountain man and fur trader. A solitary journey in the winter of 1807-8 took him into present-day Wyoming. To unbelieving trappers he later reported sights that inspired the name of Colter's Hell. It was a sulfurous place of hidden fires, smoking pits, and shooting water. And it was real. John Colter is known to history as probably the first white man to discover the region that now includes Yellowstone National Park. In a classic book, first published in 1952, Burton Harris weighs the facts and legends about a man who was dogged by misfortune and "robbed of the just rewards he had earned."

This Bison Book edition includes a 1977 addendum by the author and a new introduction by David Lavender, who considers Colter's remarkable winter journey in the light of current scholarship. 

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Editorial Reviews

San Francisco Chronicle
"Because John Colter was the first white man to see the wonders which thousands nowadays visit each year in the Yellowstone, his story has historical importance of the first order."—San Francisco Chronicle
Journal of American History
"The first full-blown account by one who is thoroughly familiar with the intricate geography of the country [that Colter] explored and who is capable of distinguishing between facts and guesswork. . . . [A] solid contribution which is not likely to be superseded in our time."—Journal of American History
San Francisco Chronicle

"Because John Colter was the first white man to see the wonders which thousands nowadays visit each year in the Yellowstone, his story has historical importance of the first order."

Journal of American History

"The first full-blown account by one who is thoroughly familiar with the intricate geography of the country [that Colter] explored and who is capable of distinguishing between facts and guesswork. . . . [A] solid contribution which is not likely to be superseded in our time."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780803272644
  • Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
  • Publication date: 3/28/1993
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 184
  • Sales rank: 380,165
  • Lexile: 1500L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.93 (h) x 0.51 (d)

Meet the Author

David Lavender is the author of Bent's Fort, One Man's West, Westward Vision: The Story of the Oregon Trail, and California: Land of New Beginnings, also available as Bison Books.
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Table of Contents

Introduction to the Bison Book Edition
Foreword
Addenda
Ch. 1 Stuffing Dudes 1
Ch. 2 With Lewis and Clark 11
Ch. 3 Winter on the Yellowstone 25
Ch. 4 Fort Raymond 59
Ch. 5 Colter's Route 73
Ch. 6 Blackfeet 115
Ch. 7 1810 - Three Forks 135
Ch. 8 Retirement in Missouri 152
Notes 167
Bibliography 173
Index 177
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  • Posted May 30, 2009

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    MOUNTAIN MAN ADVENTURE.

    This book attempts to give an historical account of John Coulter,but somewhere along the way it seems to get lost on what is fact and what is conjecture about his route across the mountains.A little more detail about his day to day life would make this a much more interesting read.Sort of reads like a term paper,i give it a "c".

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