Born: 1774, Stuarts Draft, VA
Died: 1813, New Haven, MA

Cotler the mountain man is how people would identified him, and he was also known to be a member of the Lewis and Clark Expedition. In 1807 colter joined Manuel Lisa's newly formed Missouri Fur Company on an exposition to the Rocky Mountains. That winter, Lisa sent colter out to all the winter indian camps to alert them of his presence and desire to trade. Alone, with only his rifle and a 30 pound pack, Colter traveled an estimated 500 miles that winter with the help of Indian guides. His route has been disputed, but general consensus is that he was the first white man to see Jackson's Hole and Yellowstone Lake. He also saw part of the thermal wonders of Yellowstone and through the tales he told it would come to be called "Colter's Hell." ...to be continued.