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The earliest of the Western frontiersmen were the explorers and the mountain men or trappers. Since this period was generally
from 1800 to 1840, the camera was not around to capture these individuals until old age. Kit Carson was a mountain man,
scout and military leader. He caught the American imagination early, primarily because of his
association with explorer John Fremont. Carson lived until 1868 and this photo,
taken shortly before he died, reveals the character of this modest and deservedly admired man.

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