1830s - Era of the Mountain Men

An early day mountain man and fur trapper, the vanguard of frontier capitalism in the West.

       A congressional survey of the trapping profession was completed this year.  The report describes the mountain man's world in the following way: "The whole operation is full of  exexhaustion and disability. posures and privations…leading to premature  clck here for more

American Mountain Man And Wife

        Few of those engaged in it reach an advanced stage of life.  The labor is excessive, subsistence scanty, and the Indian are ever liable to sudden and violent paroxysms of passion, in which they spare neither friend nor foe."