200 years ago today - Mar 20, 1822

On 20 March 1822 William H. Ashley, then Lieutenant governor of Missouri, placed a notice in the Missouri Republican of St Louis requesting the services of one hundred "enterprising young men" to be employed in the fur trade on the upper Missouri River. Among those who signed on with Ashley were several whose names became famous in history and legend as "mountain men," including Jim Bridger, David Jackson, Jedediah Smith, Thomas Fitzpatrick, John Weber, Hugh Glass, James Clyman, Daniel T. Potts, and the Sublette brothers, Milton and William. The "Ashley men" were the first trappers who arrived in the Rockies out of St Louis.

[Utah History Encyclopedia: Fur Trade, http://www.uen.org/utah_history_encyclopedia/]

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