John Colter : His Years in the Rockies

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John Colter was a 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 an extraordinary sulfurous place of hidden fires, smoking pits, and shooting water. John Colter is known to history as probably the first white man to discover the region that now includes Yellowstone National Park.

In John Colter: His Years in the Rockies, 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." If you like this John Colter book, you will love Cowboy Tales on the Eaton Trail in Yellowstone. Shop all our History books for captivating stories. All proceeds benefit Yellowstone National Park.

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