These sites have information about mountain men who helped developed the old West. Learn about their lives, adventures, and fur trading. Included are journals, diaries, historical overviews, authentic photographs, and maps.
Explore links on this page to read about early Utah history and learn about famous Utah explorers and fur trappers. Includes biographies of Jim Bridger, John Fremont, Peter Skene Ogden, John Wesley Powell, Etienne Provost, and others.
This site contains a brief historic overview of the mountain men era and their trade - fur trapping. Click on hyperlinks in the text to learn about Joe Meek, a famous mountain man, and view a Yellowstone Plateau map. Click on "Mountain Men" to view a time line of the key events of the West.
Learn about several mountain men who were operating out of Utah under Major Powell's expedition. To learn more scroll down the page and select the "Timeline" and "Maps" links. NOTE: This site includes ads.
Learn about the main activity of mountain men - fur trapping. This site has detailed geographic information about the areas of mountain men and Native Americans' activities in fur trapping. Includes photographs.
Read the actual diary of a mountain man traveling across the country. While the page does not contain illustrations, the text describes a journey and provides information about what mountain people had to deal with on a daily basis. NOTE: The reading level is for older students.
This site features, extensive information about the history of mountain men, a gallery of images, and a virtual museum showing artifacts used by mountain men. NOTE: This site includes a link to an e-mail discussion group.