Writings of Richard "Beaver Dick" Leigh of Jackson Hole, Wyoming. 1876-1899.
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Leigh was born in England in 1831 and emigrated to the United States while in his teens. After briefly participating in the Mexican-American war in 1848, he moved to the Teton Valley of Idaho and Wyoming. Leigh worked as a scout for several Wyoming territorial surveying parties in the 1870s and as a trapper, gaining the nickname "Beaver Dick." His first wife, Jenny, was an Eastern Shoshone Indian, who died with the rest of Leigh's family in a smallpox epidemic in 1876. Leigh later married Susan ...