Jim Bridger "The Grand Old Man of the Rockies"

Jim Bridger "The Grand Old Man of the Rockies" Jim Bridger may be most famous for being, as a youth, one of the two mountain men who abandoned famed trapper Hugh Glass after he had been mauled by a grizzly bear It was Hugh s thoughts of revenge for this abandonment that fueled his recovery and eventual tracking down of the young Bridger James Bridger, known as Jim Bridger , was among the foremost mountain men, trappers, scouts and guides who explored and trapped the Western United States during the decades of, as well as mediating between native tribes and encroaching whites From inside the book The western plains and mountains brought forth thousands of men noted for their valor, bravery, daring, sagacity, woodcraft, frontiersmanship and skill in guiding wagon trains and military expeditions across the trackless prairie and barren desert and through snow capped mountain fastnesses on the way to the land of gold beyond the setting sun, or in trailing and bringing to bay the savage hordes that sternly fought the advances of civilization but among those dauntless spirits there was one who stood head and shoulders above all others as the greatest scout, trapper and guide, the most skilled frontiersman, and the quietest, most modest and unassuming prairie man in all the west That person was James Bridger, Major Bridger, or, as he was commonly and familiarly known, old Jim Bridger, the grand old man of the Rockies No history of the American western frontier would be complete without a sketch of the life of this remarkable man A frontier iconA darn shame they didn t have a few pictures What an adventure for the man Really sparks the imagination A good read for the western historian around that time. If you have any curiosity about the American West, and Jim Bridger in particular, this is a good one Very short, easy read It lends some insight into the Bridger character in the movie The Revenant, and whether he could have done what he is portrayed as doing in it Old Jim Bridger, as he was known, was renowned as a hunter, guide, trapper, scout, tracker, and man He was kind, gentle, and honest, not the attributes you automatically ascribe to a Mountain Man, let alone the epitome of a Mou If you have any curiosity about the American West, and Jim Bridger in particular, this is a good one Very short, easy read It lends some insight into the Bridger character in the movie The Revenant, and whether he could have done what he is portrayed as doing in it Old Jim Bridger, as he was known, was renowned as a hunter, guide, trapper, scout, tracker, and man He was kind, gentle, and honest, not the attributes you automatically ascribe to a Mountain Man, let alone the epitome of a Mountain Man A shrewd judge of character, he respected and liked Kit Carson, but had nothing good to say about John C Fremont.He discovered the Great Salt Lake, the South Pass, and the geysers of what is now Yellowstone Park He could neither read nor write, but could draw a flawless map of any area he visited and could correct mistakes on other maps just by looking at them No one knew where to find good water, forage, or suitable camp in the Rockies better than he could In short, no one knew the Rockies better than him, before or since Interesting BookI have been in Fort Bridger a number if times and had heard of the man, and his name comes up in the many other historical books of the West I have read He is an icon of the West and thought I enjoyed the book my value of the man greatly decreased He had an abnormal dislike of the Indians, who had a great respect for him, and used his knowledge and friendship with the Indians to help destroy them Though he disliked the Indians so much he married three Indian women the first t Interesting BookI have been in Fort Bridger a number if times and had heard of the man, and his name comes up in the many other historical books of the West I have read He is an icon of the West and thought I enjoyed the book my value of the man greatly decreased He had an abnormal dislike of the Indians, who had a great respect for him, and used his knowledge and friendship with the Indians to help destroy them Though he disliked the Indians so much he married three Indian women the first two died young So, the book, though worth reading, did not help the iconic image of Jim Jim Bridger, man of the mountains The only regret I have is that ol Jim never learn to read or write If he had, we would probably be able to readof his exploits and adventures He gets a rare mention in the stories of Thomas Fox, and of Hugh Monroe Rising Wolf by the prolific writer James Willard Schultz Those two lived with the Piegan Blackfeet Pikuni , and Jim with the Crows, who were mortal enemies Probably the reason Jim is mentioned so seldom in Shultz stories Going to try t Jim Bridger, man of the mountains The only regret I have is that ol Jim never learn to read or write If he had, we would probably be able to readof his exploits and adventures He gets a rare mention in the stories of Thomas Fox, and of Hugh Monroe Rising Wolf by the prolific writer James Willard Schultz Those two lived with the Piegan Blackfeet Pikuni , and Jim with the Crows, who were mortal enemies Probably the reason Jim is mentioned so seldom in Shultz stories Going to try to findstories about ol Jim, an amazing true character of the frontier days

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