Bloody and battered from an encounter with a she-grizzly, old trapper Hugh Glass was eventually left to die by two of his comrades. When he refused to die before exacting revenge, a legend was born.
Bill Gay made $100,000 in gold prospecting the Black Hills of the Dakotas. Then he shot his way to the hangman’s noose in Montana.
Spotted Tail, chief of the Brulés, fought well, but his diplomatic skills were even better.
The only woman on the 1811-12 overland expedition led by Wilson Price Hunt, Marie Dorion endured more hardships than a more famous female Indian traveler, Sacagawea.
Its mission over, the Corps of Discovery disbanded and its members sought their own destinies. Some of them passed from the historical record, but others had adventures that made their experiences with Lewis and Clark seem almost tame by comparison.