when first made on the map, included all the country from the present
line north to Canada. In this first Nebraska of the early
days, in the part that is now
occurred the remarkable escape of John Colter.
was a trapper who crossed the continent to the Pacific Ocean with
Clark. On their way back, in 1806, Colter
saw so many signs of beaver on the headwaters of the
that he got leave of Captain Meriwether Lewis to stay there and trap. This was in the
heart of the country of the terrible
Lewis had killed a Blackfoot
warrior who was trying to steal horses and from that time the tribe hated
white men and killed them without mercy.
knew all this, but he loved to trap and with another hunter named
John Potts he plunged into the wilds of the best beaver streams of the
hunting grounds. The two men knew the great risk they ran and they
knew also the ways of the Indians. They set
their traps at night, took them up early in the morning, and hid
during the day.
Lewis and Clark West to the Pacific by Frank R.
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