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Across the Fence: John Colter, the first mountain man
March 20, 2014 M. Timothy Nolting   

Courtesy photo - The Colter Stone

In the early 1930s, Idaho farmer William Beard was clearing a field in Tetonia, Idaho, just west of the Teton Mountain Range. While working the field William unearthed a rock of rhyolite lava in the shape of the profile of a man’s head. The stone, 13 inches long, 8 inches wide and about 4 inches thick, is carved with the name “John Colter” on one side and the date “1808” on the other. It is possible that the ‘Colter Stone’ may well be a piece of ...

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