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A bullwhacker with his whip, circa 1850s. These were the men and sometimes women who walk alongside the freight wagons cracking bullwhips to keep the yoked oxen moving, made camp every evening to feed, water and rest themselves and their beasts.

A bullwhacker with his whip, circa 1850s. These were the men and sometimes women who walk alongside the freight wagons cracking bullwhips to keep the yoked oxen moving, made camp every evening to feed, water and rest themselves and their beasts.

George Bent and his wife, Magpie George Bent, also named Ho--my-ike in Cheyenne (1843 – May 19, 1918), was a Cheyenne-American who became a Confederate soldier during the American Civil War and waged war against Americans as a Cheyenne warrior afterward. He was the mixed-race son of Owl Woman, daughter of a Cheyenne chief, and the American William Bent, founder of the trading post named Bent's Fort and a trading partnership with his brothers and Ceran St. Vrain.

George Bent and his wife, Magpie George Bent, also named Ho--my-ike in Cheyenne (1843 – May 19, 1918), was a Cheyenne-American who became a Confederate soldier during the American Civil War and waged war against Americans as a Cheyenne warrior afterward. He was the mixed-race son of Owl Woman, daughter of a Cheyenne chief, and the American William Bent, founder of the trading post named Bent's Fort and a trading partnership with his brothers and Ceran St. Vrain.

Jedediah Smith (1799-1831), explorer, trail-blazer and one of the greatest of the mountain men.  Killed on the Santa Fe Trail by Comanches.

Jedediah Smith (1799-1831), explorer, trail-blazer and one of the greatest of the mountain men. Killed on the Santa Fe Trail by Comanches.

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