The Oregon Trail Illustrations


Thomas Hart Benton

Chapter XVI: The Trappers
On the last day of our stay in this camp, the trappers were ready for departure. When in the Black Hills they had caught seven beavers, and they now left their skins in charge of Reynal, to be kept until their return. Their strong, gaunt horses were equipped with rusty Spanish bits, and rude Mexican saddles, to which wooden stirrups were attached, while a buffalo robe was rolled up behind, and a bundle of beaver traps slung at the pommel.