Part II. James Bridger (1804-1881) He trapped and traded with the Indians, and came to know every corner of the vast and remote western region. He was the first White man to gaze upon the Great Salt Lake in 1824; his search for beaver pelts blazed trails. In 1843, he established Fort Bridger as a supply point for emigrants on the Oregon Trail, helped chart the west for the pioneers, and over the years guided several mapping expeditions.
Scots-Irish in the backcountry: "This rapid transformation in appearance quickly set them apart from the wigs and buckles and frilly shirts of New England. Almost immediately the frontier revitalized the hunter-warrior encoding in their bloodline...In a belt around their waist, they wore...a tomahawk and a scalping knife for hunting & self-defense...Skill with a rifle & knife were essential to survival, & a good marksman had great status in his community." ("The Other Irish" p32, by…
Jim Baker (1818–1898), trapper, scout and guide, was a friend of Jim Bridger and Kit Carson and one of General John C. Fremont's favorite scouts. He was one of the most colorful figures of the old west.
Painting John Peterson | ... man art - Western, Native American & Mountain Man Art by John Peterson
Caribou handled hunting knife in buffalo hide sheath, branded on the bottom with the Cherokee symbol for "My Son".
Jerry Rice Hunting Pouch with Edwin McDilda Powder Horn