Journal of a Trapper By Osborne Russell


“Reader, if you are in search of a classical and Scientific tourist, please to lay this Volume down, and pass on, for this simply informs you what a trapper has seen and experienced. But if you wish to peruse a Hunter’s rambles among the wild regions of the rocky Mountains please to read this and forgive the authors foibles an imperfections, considering as you pass along that he has been chiefly educated in Nature’s School under that rigid tutor, experience.” -Osborne Russell

An account of Russell Osborne’s adventures through his own hand. Edited from the original manuscript and originally printed in a limited edition of 750 copies.


Born in a little Maine Village in 1814, Osborne Russell ran away to sea at the age of sixteen, but he soon gave up seafaring to serve with a  trading a tapping company in Wisconsin and Minnesota. IN 1834 he signed up for Nathaniel Wyeth’s expedition to the Rocky Mountains and the mouth of the Columbia. Subsequently he joined Jim Bridger’s brigade of Old Rocky Mountain Fur Company men, continuing with them after a merger that left the American Fur Company in control of the trade. When the fur trade declined, he became a free trapper operating out of Fort Hall, staying in the mountains until the great westward migration began.