Trappers & Mountain Men

Later European and American explorers and mountain men used Utah’s plentiful natural resources to create economic networks throughout the West.

Trappers and Indians – Early 19th Century

The photograph shows an illustration in an unidentified publication, artist’s rendition of fur trappers (“mountain men”) with Indians in the American West in the early 19th century.

Indians and Trapper – Idaho

Saturday Evening Post – Mountain Men (1858)

This is an excerpt from a Mormon newspaper in 1858. The section discusses how six mountain men had to trek through several snow storms, and discusses their opinion on other current events at the time of its release.

Mountain Men and the Fur Trade of the Far West

Lewiston Fur & Hardware Co. Store

The photograph shows a trading store in the early 1900s. Trappers and Mountain Men could bring in fur or other items they collect to trade with local town people.

Trapper – Zenas Leonard

This is the Place Monument

The photograph shows a monument of Trappers and Mountain Men from the 1920s. The monument is located at This is the Place Heritage Park, in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Fur Traders’ Route (Peter Skene Ogden)

Peter Skene Ogden’s Fur Trappers route. Peter Skene Ogden’s map of the Great Salt Lake and the Snake River country. It also shows Ogden’s route of 1828-29, the year he discovered the Humboldt River of Nevada. The Great Salt Lake and Bear River can be seen at the lower right-hand corner if you put the … Continue reading Fur Traders’ Route (Peter Skene Ogden)

Trappers and Traders in Ute Lands 1820-1844

Map depicting the forts in Wyoming, Colorado, and Utah; also shows the trails taken by Ogden, the Santa Fe Trail, and the Old Spanish Trail