The Mountain man’s camp, a living history station in New Jersey. In the 1800’s mountain men were common in the North American Rocky Mountains. While they were free trappers, most mountain men were employed by major fur companies. They hunted and trapped in brigades and always reported to the head of the trapping party. Their life was rugged and many did not last for several years in wilderness. They faced hazards like wildlife, bad weather, biting insects, diseases, injuries and more – while expiring the unmapped areas. In order to survive in the wild the mountain men mastered herbal remedies, first aid, hunting, and surviving in brutal winter!
During the 1840s when the fur trade began to collapse, there were motivated to change jobs and the trails they had explored were later turned into reliable mule trails and gradually improved. The mountain men were later hired as guides and scouts.
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