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Journal of a Trapper - Russel (Book) #7605641
06/15/22 12:23 PM
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I just picked up a copy of this book at a yard sale for $1.00. Has anyone else read it?

Re: Journal of a Trapper - Russel (Book) [Re: Green Bay] #7605652
06/15/22 12:58 PM
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Very good book. Especially if you are interested in company trappers in the Rockies. You got a good deal on it.

Re: Journal of a Trapper - Russel (Book) [Re: Green Bay] #7605654
06/15/22 01:03 PM
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Yes it's a good book, but he was a company man and I find the stories of the freelance trappers/mountain men to be more compelling. That book will probably put you on your way to reading about the most amazing part of North American history in my opinion.

Re: Journal of a Trapper - Russel (Book) [Re: Green Bay] #7605667
06/15/22 01:35 PM
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For the serious student of the era this book is invaluable. Many of the mountain man genre of stories are prone to hyperbole, storytelling and outright fiction that those guys were so fond of. In Russel's account it is told firsthand and he seems to be pretty serious about reporting things as they really were from his perspective. It's disappointing to hear Russel lament about what a poor shot he was, but boy does that sure give him credibility! If he can tell the truth about that I imagine the rest of it smacks of truth as well.


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Re: Journal of a Trapper - Russel (Book) [Re: Green Bay] #7605713
06/15/22 03:25 PM
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I started in on it this spring, but didn't finish it.
The guy was certainly a go getter.
Hard to imagine what those guys did back then with what they had.
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Re: Journal of a Trapper - Russel (Book) [Re: Green Bay] #7605859
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Thanks guys. It is on my pile of to read books.

Re: Journal of a Trapper - Russel (Book) [Re: Green Bay] #7605953
06/15/22 11:07 PM
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Green Bay , take the time to read it. You will be glad you did. I just read it about 2 months ago and found it very interesting.


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Re: Journal of a Trapper - Russel (Book) [Re: Green Bay] #7605986
06/16/22 12:13 AM
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To keep from boring every body I'll try to keep this short.

I've read to book twice, fist time I read an old hardback book. It was really interesting. I was over in Pinedale, WY at the museum of the mountain men. They had a new book which was a little bit revised with more info and some pictures which I didn't remember the first book having any pics.

One of Osborn Russel trapping partner was a guy named Elbridge Trask which is a distant, distant relative. (Trask is my last name) I don't remember seeing his name in the first book. But he's mentioned quit a few times in the second book

Any way it was interesting to read about him and the second thing that interested me is since I live out west I've been to quit of few places that was mentioned in the books




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