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 way in which he obtained the talents worthwhile for survival within the mountains. He additionally realized the Snake language, hunted buffalo, and trapped beaver, hunted for new trails west, and saved a magazine that types the root of this vigorously real ebook. The descriptions are so exact that modern readers are utilizing the publication to retrace Russell's footsteps!
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Tomorrow i ended at this position and dried a few meat thirtieth went directly to the proper fork of Muddy and set a few traps, right here I staid 6 days after which went to Gray’s marsh aspiring to kill and dry a few meat and visit the fortress yet discovering no Buffaloe right here I crossed directly to Salt River and discovering no Buffaloe there I ascended Gardners fork crossed the Mountain and fell directly to Black- 176 — OSBORNE RUSSELL foot creek the place I killed a fats Bull dried the beef and began for citadel corridor the place I arrived at the tenth of June. June 14th Mr. Ermatinger arrived on the castle with eighty horse a great deal of items to provide the put up the consequent 12 months. 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 elect him and others to make a hunt within the Yellow Stone mountains I spoke back I had obvious sufficient of the Yellow Stone Mountains and in addition I meant to capture 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 aspiring to hunt at the waters of Snake river within the neighborhood of castle 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 until eventually the 15 of July From thence I took a north path thro the Mountains and fell directly to a movement operating into Lewis Fork close to the mouth of Salt River the place I staid 12 days after which again 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 searching the small branches till the fifteenth – From there i began in the direction of the castle searching the streams that have been at the path and arrived at the 22d – After preventing the following a number of days i began in corporation with three trappers one in all 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 circulation in a SW path into the Mountain yet discovering no Beaver we crossed the mountain and struck Lewis fork within the kanyon the place after 220. This circulate 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 citadel with a Frenchman who had an Indian spouse and little ones and was once happening to eco-friendly river to move the iciness there. We travelled up Portneuf approximately 15 Mls the place we stopped the following day 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 undergo river right here we concluded to spend a month on Bar river traveling slowly looking Beaver and Antelope because the latter is the single online game during this a part of the rustic. Beaver additionally have been getting very scarce. at the fifteenth of Novr.