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Jim Bridger - Born on March 17, 1804 in Richmond, Virginia, Died July 17, 1881 in Kansas City, Missouri, Married a woman from the Flathead Indians in 1835 she died, then he married a Shoshone woman in 1846 then she died, then he married Chief Washakie's daghter in 1850, He had 6 children.

Henry S. Yount was an American Civil War soldier, mountain man, professional hunter and trapper, prospector, wilderness guide and packer, seasonal employee of the United States Department of the Interior who was the first surveyor of animals in Yellowstone Park and is credited as the father of the national park ranger service

Pony Express riders (c. 1860). Dangerous and difficult work - riders needed to be touch and lightweight. Famous advertisement for riders read: "Wanted: young, skinny, wiry fellows not over eighteen. Must be expert riders, willing to risk death daily. Orphans preferred".

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10 Great Train Robberies

Jesse James' first train robbery was July 21, 1873 near Adair, Iowa. The engine, tender, and baggage cars were derailed and the engineer killed. Jesse and his brother Frank, approached the expressman with cocked 44’s. The James-Younger gang rode off with nearly $3,000—worth about $51,000 today.

A scrawny, long-bearded mountain man with a foul mouth & a passing acquaintance with copper tubing & kettles, Marvin “Popcorn” Sutton seemed the embodiment of moonshiners of yore Brought up in rural Cocke County, Tenn, identified as one of four “moonshine capitals of the world” in the corn-whiskey history “Mountain Spirits,” Mr. Sutton learned the family trade from his father. Going back to the Scots-Irish, who brought it to the New World & it wasn’t illegal until after the Civil War.

Kit Carson (1809-1868) American frontiersman and Indian fighter--Carson explored the west to California, and north through the Rocky Mountains. He lived among and married into the Arapaho and Cheyenne tribes.

John "Liver-Eating" Johnson ... (c.1824 – 1900) was a mountain man of the American Old West. In 1847, his wife, a member of the Flathead tribe was killed by the Crow, which prompted Johnson on a vendetta against the tribe. Legend says that he would kill, then cut out and eat the liver of each Crow brave he came across. This was an insult to the Crow believing the liver to be vital if one was to go on into the afterlife. In any case, he eventually became known as "Liver-Eating Johnson".

Geronimo (June 16, 1829 – February 17, 1909) was a prominent leader of the Bedonkohe Apache who fought against Mexico and the United States for their expansion into Apache tribal lands for several decades during the Apache Wars. "Geronimo" was the name given to him during a battle with Mexican soldiers. His Chiricahua name is often rendered as Goyathlay or Goyahkla in English.

Mountain Man......Stephen Meek, was born on the 4th of July, 1805 in Virginia. At the age of 20 he entered the services of the Rocky Mountain Fur Company in St. Louis, Missouri. He left his moccasin tracks all over the West, from Yellowstone to the Arkansas. A free trapper he hired out with the Hudson’s Bay Company in 1835 and passed through the Umpqua region for the first time in 1836. Brother of Joe Meek, he was famous for getting a wagon train lost in Oregon on "Meek's Cut-Off."

Perhaps no other figure is illustrative of the wild days in Deadwood in the 1870s than Martha Jane "Calamity" Cannary (1852-1903). Her history is shrouded in uncertainty and myth. As early as 1864 her family was living in Virginia City, Nevada, and by the late 1860s she was apparently a consort of various soldiers at Forts Jim Bridger and Steel in Montana Territory. She had a propensity for dressing in men's clothes, and may have been with Crook at the Battle of Slim Buttes in 1876, dressed…

I love this image of James B. “Jim” Hawkins, a charter member of Company D of the Texas Rangers, because he definitely looks like he’s loaded for bear.Courtesy Chuck Parsons

Codsiogo. Shoshone. 1898. Pinned by indus® in honor of the indigenous people of North America who have influenced our indigenous medicine and spirituality by virtue of their being a member of a tribe from the Western Region through the Plains including the beginning of time until tomorrow.