274 pages, 10 b/w photos, 8 maps
From the first account of "Colter's Run," published in 1810, fascination with John Colter, one of America's most famous and yet least known frontiersmen and discoverer of Yellowstone Park, has never waned. Unlike other legends of the era like Daniel Boone, Davy Crockett, and Kit Carson, Colter has remained elusive because he left not a single letter, diary, or reminiscence. Gathering the available evidence and guiding readers through a labyrinth of hearsay, rumor, and myth, two Colter experts for the first time tell the whole story of Colter and his legend.
Chapter 1: "Off He Started with the Speed of the Wind" Colter's Run
Chapter 2: "One of the Survivors, of the Name of Coulter" Searching for Colter's Roots
Chapter 3: "In Quest of the Country of Kentucke" John Colter and the Legacy of Daniel Boone
Chapter 4: "Colter Came Running Along the Shore" The Encounter with the Lakota Sioux
Chapter 5: Colter Had Just Arrived with a Letter from Capt. Clark Perilous Rivers and Mountains
Chapter 6: "Colter Expressed a Desire To Join Some Trappers" The Partnership with Dickson and Hancock
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Ronald M. Anglin is the author of Forgotten Trails: Historical Sources of the Columbia's Big Bend Country. He is retired from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, where he spent thirty years in land management in the National Wildlife Refuge System. He feels strongly that to be a good steward of an area, one must first understand its history, so that one's mark on the land will be with love and respect, not cruelty or disdain. He and his wife, Kathy, live in Fallon, Nevada, and have two sons who are happily married with six children between them.
Larry E. Morris is the author of The Fate of the Corps: What Became of the Lewis and Clark Explorers After the Expedition and The Perilous West: Seven Amazing Explorers and the Founding of the Oregon Trail. He is a curator with the Historic Sites Division of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He was born and raised in Idaho Falls, Idaho, in the Snake River country roamed by the likes of Jedediah Smith, Jim Bridger, and Kit Carson in the 1820s and 1830s. Larry and his wife, Deborah, are the parents of four children and have six grandchildren.