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"Go west, young man" became a cry for adventuresome young men in the years following Lewis and Clark's expedition. They had brought back stories about mountain streams teeming with beaver, which meant fashionable beaver fur for hats!
Go to http://www.xmission.com/~drudy/amm.html and click on "Library." Choose one story to read. Take notes in order to share with your class the life of your mountain man. Then go back to the main page and click on "Archive." Examine some of the fur trade business records.
Let's visit one town that was started by a mountain man Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Go to http://www.themaestro.com/JH/History/#Jackson's_Hole and continue by scrolling down the page.
One more stop to visit is The West, as seen by the PBS special created by Ken Burns. Go to http://www3.pbs.org/weta/thewest/wpages/wpgs100/w12_001.htm.
Create a first-person monologue to present to your class, telling
the story of the mountain man whose diary you read.
Grade Levels: 48
Time Required: Approximately two class periods for online research,
several for in-class presentations as suggested in the Extension