From Mountain Man to Millionaire


The “Bold and Dashing Life” of Robert Campbell


The western fur trade era – a time when trappers and traders endured constant danger from man, beast, and weather – was on e of the most colorful periods in American history. Over a decade ago, William R. Nester wrote the first biography of Robert Campbell (1804-1879); the subsequesnt discovery of nearly five hundred new documents, most from two major caches of letters, led to this even-more-detailed and vivid account of Campbell’s self-described “bold and dashing life.”