This fantastic book, Shinin' Trails: A Possibles Bag of Fur Trade Trivia by John Legg, offers an interesting and enjoyable way to discover facts about the fur trade and to learn the history of this important era in our country's formation and growth.
It may be used as a guide to information about important dates and people of the fur trade, as a source book for campfire and family home games on historical knowledge, as an easy way to check information espoused by the local "rendezvous expert," or simply as an easy way to learn the answers to questions that every "mountain man" should know.
John Legg is a noted author of Western Americana and, in this easy to follow format, allows you to learn the answers to such burning questions as : "For whom did Daniel Boone blaze the Wilderness Road into what would become the state of Kentucky?" "Who served as Robert Rogers' first officer in 1757?" How did John Jacob Astor get his start in the fur trade?" "What was the usual route taken by Northwest traders and trappers into the interior of Canada?" "What Indian town was used as the main depot for the English fur traders in the Ohio country?" "What was the Lewis and Clark expedition called?" What was the name of the dog that accompanied Lewis on his historical journey?" "With whom did Jim Bridger become an apprentice when he was fourteen years old?" "When did William Ashley sell out and who bought his fur company?" "Who was known as Old Solitaire?" "What did the Cheyenne call John Gantt?" What was the average price of castoreum in the mountains?" Etc.
112 pages, 13 illustrations.