Online Video Links

*All of these links are to YouTube.

Death In The Desert: Jedediah Smith & The Mojave Massacre 8:41

A party of mountain men pay the ultimate price for the sins of their countrymen.

Jim Bridger: Trailblazer of the American West, by Jerry Enzler , 58:28

Even among iconic frontiersmen like John C. Frémont, Kit Carson, and Jedediah Smith, Jim Bridger stands out. A mountain man of the American West, straddling the fur trade era and the age of exploration, he lived the life legends are made of. His adventures are fit for remaking into the tall tales Bridger himself liked to tell. Here, in a biography that finally gives this outsize character his due, Jerry Enzler takes this frontiersman’s full measure for the first time—and tells a story that would do Jim Bridger proud. Tapping sources uncovered in the six decades since the last documented Bridger biography, Enzler’s book fully conveys the drama and details of the larger-than-life history of the “King of the Mountain Men.” This is the definitive story of an extraordinary life. Jerry Enzler served as founding director of the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium for thirty-seven years. He has written and curated national exhibitions and films and has published historical articles on Jim Bridger, river history, and other topics.

Jedediah Smith Mountain Man and Explorer , 9:56

Jedediah Smith was a mountain man with a penchant for not only trapping beaver but also exploration where no other American had gone.

Jedediah Strong Smith | Path Through History | WSKG History, 1:40

Jedediah Strong Smith was born in what is now Bainbridge New York in 1799. As a young boy he learned to hunt and fish in the forests of Upstate New York and Pennsylvania. However, Smith’s family found itself constantly on the move – following the steady flow of setters to the west. It was in the untamed west that Smith would become on of the nation’s greatest explorers. ‘Uniquely New York’ is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

Jedediah Smith — Story of Us, 4:27

Mountain man, Jedediah Smith, paving the way west for other American settlers from the History Channel video series – America Story of Us

Jedediah Smith —World Explorers, 38:36

Jedediah Strong Smith (January 6, 1799 – May 27, 1831), was an American clerk, frontiersman, hunter, trapper, author, cartographer, and explorer of the Rocky Mountains, the North American West, and the Southwest during the early 19th century. After 75 years of obscurity following his death, Smith was rediscovered as the American whose explorations led to the use of the 20-mile (32 km)-wide South Pass as the dominant point of crossing the Continental Divide for pioneers on the Oregon Trail.

The Life and Story of Jedediah Smith The Frontiersman and American Explorer, 5:35

Jedediah Smith Frontiersman was Born January 6th, 1799, Smith’s family moved several times in an effort to stay on the edge of the growing frontier boundary. According to family tradition, young Jedediah read Biddle’s 1814 edition of the Lewis and Clark journals and was set on living a life in the wilderness. In his lifetime, Smith would travel more extensively in unknown territory than any other single mountain man.

Mountain Men and Explorers of History, 3:10

Spoken by Jed Smith himself!

Mountain Men Explorers, 17:56

In this video, you will be introduced to some of the early explorers of the Great Basin, the fur trappers or mountain men who became legends in their own time and remain as pathfinders today.

Robert Campbell – Mountain Man (1804 -1879), 59:00

Made by Northern Irish film-maker Michael Beattie. You can read the background to this film from the producer/director himself and watch some of his other films on Michael’s website at: This documentary film tells the story of Robert Cambell, a young Ulster-Scots immigrant who became an American pioneer. From frontiersman to multi-millionaire. This is a rags-to-riches adventure story of a penniless Tyrone teenager who left Ulster in 1822 and ultimately became one of the wealthiest men in America. He would count among his friends and fellow travellers Kit Carson, Jedediah Smith, William Sublette, Hugh Glass & Ulysses S Grant. Robert Campbell was one of the first Ulster-Scots pioneers to open up the American west. He spent his first 10 years in the Rocky Mountain fur trade, a ‘bold and dashing life’ he called it, fighting native Americans, enduring the harshest of climates, suffering near starvation with he and his men forced to eat their horses and dogs. Leaving the mountains he became one of the leading citizens of St Louis with a business empire covering every aspect of commerce, property and river trade. In fact he gave Mark Twain his first job as a Missouri riverboat pilot.