Coyote Smith with a wolf. Smith was a jack of all trades, working as postmaster, newspaper editor, photographer, trapper, musician and even city marshal. Smith began hunting coyotes with one trap, rifle and hatchet. “Coyote” Smith walked his trap line, harvesting coyotes, wolves, skunks, bobcats and muskrats as well as deer, antelope, grouse and rabbits to keep his family fed. It turned out he had quite the talent for it and hides piled in front of the cabin. From the Wyoming State Archives.
The Great Platte River Road - regarded as a sort of superhighway of its times and referred to as "the grand corridor of America's westward expansion." It was the convergence point for the Trapper's Trail, the Oregon Trail, the Mormon Trail, the California Trail, the Pony Express route, and the military road from Fort Leavenworth to Fort Laramie across Nebraska.