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OpEd: The lost language of the American mountain man
Mar 5, 2023 07:33 ET


The language of the American West in the early decades of the 1800s, spoken by traders and trappers from the Oregon Trail to the Santa Fe Trail, from west of the Mississippi river to the Spanish settlements of California, is a lost language, abandoned by the turn of the 20th Century.

Old trapper talk, or the language of American mountain men, was developed by hunters, trappers and Indian traders of diverse heritage and background, all devoted to the independent life of the frontier.
Full Article:

Book Referenced: The American Fur Trade of the Far West,” by Martin Chittenden

Article Referenced: American Speech: Old Trapper Talk,” by Levette Jay Davidson

Book Reference: “Wah-to-yah and the Taos Trail, by Lewis Garrard;

Referenced: "A Glossary of American Mountain Men Terms, Words and Expressions,” by Walt Hayward and Brad Mcdade

Book Referenced: "Life in the Far West,” by George Ruxton