Life In The Far West Author:George Frederick Ruxton In this classic of western Americana, George Frederick Ruxton, who died in Saint Louis in 1848 at the youthful age of twenty-seven, brilliantly brings to life the whole heroic age of the Mountain Men. The author, from his intimate acquaintance with the trappers and traders of the American Far West, vividly recounts the story of two of the most a... more »dventurous of these hardy pioneers-Killbuck and La Bonte', whose daring, bravery, and hairbreadth escapes from their many Indian and "Spaniard" enemies were legend among their fellow frontiersmen.
With Ruxton we follow Killbuck and La Bonte' and their mountain companions--Old Bill Williams, "Black" Harris, William Sublette, Joseph Walker, and others--across the prairies and forests, west from picturesque Old Bent's Fort, into the dangerous Arapaho country near the headwaters of the Platte. We share with them the culinary delights of their campfires--buffalo "boudins" and beaver tails--and hear from their own lips, in the incomparable mountaineer dialect, hair-raising stories of frontier life and humorous tales of trading camp and frontier post.
Life in The Far West is adventure extraordinary-the true chronicle of the rugged Mountain Men, whose courage and disregard for personal safety or comfort opened the Far West to the flood of settlers who were to follow. The breathtaking watercolors and sketches, which depict in minute detail many of the familiar scenes of the early West, were done by one of Ruxton's contemporaries and fellow explorers, Alfred Jacob Miller.