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Journal of a Trapper: In the Rocky Mountains Between 1834 and 1843; Comprising a General Description of the Country, Climate, Rivers, Lakes, Mountains, ETC the Nature and Habits of Animals, Manners and Customs of Indians and a Complete View of the Life...

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Russell wrote this book partially to refute The Personal Narrative of James O. Pattie, which he claimed contained many inaccuracies.
Paperback, 248 pages
Published June 1st 2001 by Stackpole Books (first published January 1st 1964)
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Donna
Jul 09, 2011 Donna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: landscape, the-west
This is four-star for me, but your mileage may vary. Spelling and punctuation are not edited for flow, but Russell's orthographic currents are far easier to navigate than the Lewis & Clark Journals. Still, I like the journals of my explorers unvarnished. This journal runs from 1834 to 1843. The Little Big Horn is still a river. Russell is mainly trapping beaver. What I love about this book is how closely it brings me into an unimaginable life. It's all there. Days of looking for places to tr ...more
Neil Geisel
Oct 13, 2014 Neil Geisel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A classic journal style account of his experiences in the wild regions of the Rocky Mountains. In this edition however, the editor Aubrey Haines, adds much valuable information in the way of maps, notes, and corrections. There are also letter's Russell wrote to his sister's included in the back of the book. True treasures to the journal and crucial understanding of his thoughts and journey are enforced by referring to the notes as you read. Be sure to read the appendix and put yourself in the sh ...more
Dana
Aug 20, 2009 Dana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Osborne Russell has given the world one of the most true accounts of a trapper's life working in the Rocky Mountains. That was his goal when he strived to get it published. He became so incensed when he read other more colorful trappers embellished stories that he set out to publish his journal. Unfortunately, he died before he could realize his dream.

This was a man who was more than a trapper who accompanied Jim Bridger's Rocky Mountain Fur Company. After 10 years of living in the mountains, h
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Lisa Kearns
Jun 24, 2013 Lisa Kearns rated it it was amazing
Osborne Russell was a New England born man who left to find his destiny in the Rocky Mountains in the 1830s and 1940s. He spent 9 years living with friendly Indians, trapping, riding, fighting hostile Indians, working for various fur companies, and keeping a daily diary.

This book is his (basically) unedited diary, and it's a treasure. It's hard to read because it's basically a hundred-page long paragraph without much punctuation. It tells of temperatures, and distances, and describes the wonders
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Kurtbg
Herein lies the journal of a trapper in the Yellowstone region in the 1830's.
The author was in his early 20's when he decided to join an expedition. He ended up as trapper
looking mainly for Beaver pelts (as was the fashion of the times).

What is included in his journal is sometimes matter of fact, basic information on where he went and
what he did. Most of it takes the form of "21 mar. went 5 miles to ... laid some traps... met some ... indians/other trappers... 22 mar. etc" Some indians were frie
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Riff Denbow
This book is sometimes very interesting and somethings not very interesting (the endless 22nd travelled 20 miles up xyz creek 23rd 22 miles over pass and to large lake...). The most pressing issue with it is the great need of proper editing, the utter lack of punctuation, paragraphs, & sentence flow was an issue, as were the confusing roundabout and about ways of stating things, the random capitalization, the misspelling (which always existed as actual words like "down" often became "clown", ...more
Karen
Jan 16, 2015 Karen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Lark
Sep 02, 2012 Lark rated it it was ok
Pros: Unedited account of an actual human's journal in the mostly unexplored western regions. I am sure this is invaluable to historians other researchers.

Con: Umm.... pretty dry reading.... I wonder if he wrote this with an eye to being able to find his way about, rather than something that he'd like to re-read to remember his days....
Jonny
Oct 01, 2007 Jonny rated it really liked it
This is the journal of Osbourne Russel who was a trapper in the Rockies. The trappers were extraordinary when who journeyed into the vast unknown mountains, alone for months at a time. They were as tough as men can be. Russel's journal is simply a first hand account of an amazing time in american history.
Sheldon
Jan 25, 2013 Sheldon rated it it was amazing
This is one of the most fascinating books I've ever read. It is a well written account of the life of a trapper in the northern Rockies in the 1830's. it is of particular interest to read Osborne's accounts of places I know from nearly two centuries later.
Daniel Callister
Apr 11, 2016 Daniel Callister rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very entertaining read. Very fun to read the day to day adventures of one of the first white men in the Rockies. Also fascinating to read his descriptions of some of the places that are very familiar to me, though vastly changed since his account.
Kevin
Apr 01, 2008 Kevin rated it it was amazing
I love this it gives you a good feel for the unsettled west. It is more intreresting if read with some maps of the western states handy. There is enough detail to find some of the same wild places today. It is a fun book to take to Yellowstone NP.
Cory
Jan 06, 2009 Cory rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love it! Its not for everyone but if you are into the rockies and western history its great. It is an unaltered diary of a real trapper in the 1830'2 who travels in Idaho, Wyoming and Montana
Nate Jordon
Dec 28, 2009 Nate Jordon rated it liked it
A good historical record but difficult prose to read - an editorial decision, to be sure, but some editing would have improved the readability without sacrificing the integrity of Russell's work.
Tyrell Clines
Jan 02, 2011 Tyrell Clines rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent book. It is especially powerful to those who are familiar with the areas described by Osbourne in western Wyoming and surrounding areas. Worth reading for any student of the American West.
Carel
Jan 13, 2009 Carel rated it did not like it
Not nearly as colorful as Isabella Bird's "A Lady's Life in the Rocky Mountains"... pretty dull reading, I thought.
Tom
May 12, 2013 Tom rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Lots of travel directions but a very interesting view of the northern Rockies when they were still largely unknown.
David Kessler
Mar 27, 2010 David Kessler rated it it was amazing
Best journal I have read about a trapper working his traps in Utah in the 1860's. Fascinating story
Andy Kline
May 30, 2009 Andy Kline rated it really liked it
His description of his first skirmish with Indians is humorous and enlightening.
Rick Carpenter
May 24, 2009 Rick Carpenter rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really liked this book. I enjoy history and the great outdoors.
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