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Mountain men?

Discussion in 'Blackpowder' started by ed dixon, Jan 19, 2003.

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  1. ed dixon

    ed dixon Member

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    Any recommendations for reading about these 19th-century trappers/adventurers? Non-fiction in particular, but if you've read a good novel I'd be interested. Thanks.
     
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    Mountain Man by Vardis Fisher. It's fiction, but very close to fact. The movie Jeremiah Johnson was based on it.
     
  3. 4v50 Gary

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    Give Your Heart to the Hawks.
     
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    I second Give your Heart the Hawks..

    Carry the wind by Terry Johnson is a real good one..

    Gets into the nitty-gritty of trappin and livin' in the shining mountains..


    Keep yur powder dry and what yur backtrail...:)
     
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    I second Give your Heart the Hawks..

    Author of Give your heart is Winfred Blevins.. and interesting dude to talk to..

    Carry the wind by Terry Johnson is a real good one..

    Gets into the nitty-gritty of trappin and livin' in the shining mountains.this is part of a trilogy on the mountainman.. Border Lords and another one.. can't think of the name...


    Keep yur powder dry and what yur backtrail...:)
     
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    If you're into real Hawkens (no, not the cheap quasi-replicas)

    Hawken Rifle, Mountain Man's Choice by John Baird

    Firearms, Traps, and Tools of the Mountain Man...can't remember the author
     
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    "Crow Killer" according to my research was the book that spawned Jeremiah Johnson. Haven't read it. "Son of the Morning Star" is supposed to be a great read on life on the frontier, about Crazy Horse and Custer. Also haven't read it. You can see I'm behind in my reading! HTH
     
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    The copy of Mountain Man that I have has Robert Redford's picture on the cover and claims to be the basis for Jeremiah Johnson. One of the firsts stories in it is the crazy woman that has her family killed. In the book, she actually kills 4 braves with an axe and runs the others off.
     
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    Jeremiah John Liver Eating Johnston Johnson (pick two)

    I did a little search and here is the Amazon blurb from "Crow Killer." Crow Killer

    Apparently there are a number of sources for the Johnson story as told by Redford's film. Heck, they can't even agree on his name, John/Jeremiah, Johnson/Johnston.

    Crow Killer and The Mountain Man is listed in the credits at imdb.com.

    Here is my take on the Redford film. George's Review of Jeremiah Johnson

    Shameless personal plug. :neener:
     
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    You do know you are forcing me to by a copy of Crow Killer, don't you? It will drive me nuts until I read it and see the difference between the two books and the movie.:)
     
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    I haven't read Crow Killer myself, HK. Just thought I'd seen it listed in the credits the several times I've watched the movie.

    BTW, have you see The Mountain Men?

    Super good movie about foofuraw and stuff!

    George's Review of The Mountain Men
     
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    The author was Carl P. Russell.
     
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    Jones Mountain Trails by Tom Floyd of the Appalachian Trail Club. Details the history of a locality near me from pretty much the King's land grants up to when they were kicked to the flatlands in the '30s to make a National Park. Several great bios on individual residents that made their livings entirely on the hill.
     
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    Journal of a Trapper by Osborne Russell
     
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    Do a search for "Library of Fur Trade", that should give you the site for the "Library of Fur Trade Historical Source Documents".
    This has about 20-30 letters, diaries, and complete books on the mountain men. I've down-loaded several. My favorite so far is on a book by Victor "The River of the West : Joe Meek's Adventures/Years in the West" or something very similar to it. My favorite incident is the time the grizzly came into the camp of two trappers, one with a Hawken (2 triggers), and the other with another gun (one trigger). They grabbed each other's gun by mistake and the excitement begins.
     
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    I recommend that you get a subscription to Muzzleloader magazine. .

    BTW, You gotta read about Hugh Glass! [​IMG]
     
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    Thanks, guys. I appreciate the info. Sixgun, I've read Muzzleloading sporadically, but you're right a subscription might be a good idea. Back to give Amazon some more of my money.:D
     
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    From http://hometown.aol.com/Gibson0817/fur.htm

     
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    That would be a great idea for a movie! Wow! :cool:
     
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    Another good read [non-fiction] is Johnny Christmas.
     
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