If you've ever wondered what wild food the mountain men ate, you'll surely appreciate this list from Rufus Sage's journal. Food in America today is atypical from its historical place in people's lives. Very few people reading this, if any, will wake up and ask the question, "Will I eat today?" Most folks will wake … Continue reading 28 Wild Foods Eaten By Mountain Man Rufus Sage
Rufus Sage, a bonafide mountain man, felt strongly about a Roman colony in America. Does his argument persuade you? Prehistory, or history before it was written down, is mysterious stuff. All we can definitively know is what we can find and prove. Sure there are lots of interesting theories out there, but unless you have … Continue reading Did the Romans Colonize America? One Mountain Man Thought so.
This mountain man poem opens a window to the heart and mind of someone who lived the life of a mountaineer. Primary sources are invaluable for learning about the past. From them, we can learn about the past most accurately and get a real sense of a time period. Journals, newspapers, artifacts, and photos all … Continue reading Rufus Sage’s Authentic Mountain Man Poem Opens a Window to the Past.
According to Rufus Sage, Scottsbluff, Nebraska was heaven on earth in 1841. Do you ever find yourself gazing at our Nebraska prairies, dreaming of what they looked like in the days of old? Before civilization, before telephone poles, and before fences, what was it all like? For some of us, that dreaming is near constant. … Continue reading Scottsbluff Circa 1841 was God’s Country.
While reading a classic Mari Sandoz book, I came across a frontier whiskey recipe that was too intriguing to pass up. For good or bad, alcohol plays a substantial role in American history and culture. When Europeans first colonized Jamestown they were carrying a good deal of beer with them when they landed. It should … Continue reading Frontier Whiskey Recipe…You Don’t Want to Try This Stuff
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A recent overnight gave me the opportunity to experiment with a primitive shelter in mildly cold weather. The results were eye opening. Time sure does fly. Days that seemed endless as a boy, now slip by in the blink of an eye. Weeks slide into months, and entire seasons pass by in what seems like … Continue reading Lessons from a Primitive Shelter in February
Anticipation hung thick in the air. Energy buzzed to the point where it was almost tangible between both man and beast. A group of weather-worn buckskin clad men sat aboard nervous ponies well-aware of the rising excitement. Their mounts pranced anxiously just below the crest of a ridge, tossing their heads in impatience. The eyes … Continue reading When the Hunter Becomes the Hunted
The mountain man possibles bag was an essential piece of equipment those mountain adventurers simply could not live without. "It kind of looks like a purse," I commented after I had completed it. I had just put the final few stitches through my first mountain man possibles bag and was admiring my creation. My wife just … Continue reading Understanding the Mountain Man Possibles Bag
A stiff breeze coursed across the plains. Slate gray clouds overhead stretched from horizon to horizon, blocking any of the sun’s warming rays. As a result dull light cast itself over the tall grass prairie. For miles in all directions rolling hills undulated under the pressure of the passing wind, the whipping grasses conveying a … Continue reading The Lost Greenhorn