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My Sixty Years on the Plains: Trapping, Trading, and Indian Fighting

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January 1, 1905
My Sixty Years on the Plains: Trapping, Trading, and Indian Fighting

They were pushing, adventurous, and fearless men, who thought nothing of laying down their lives in the service of a friend, or often, it might be, only as a matter of humanity.

Equipped with nothing but their skill and endurance, a few ponies, a gun or two, and provisions enough to last them for the day, they set out to make their way through a vast wilderness that held all the terrors of the unknown.

William T. Hamilton was a classic example of this type of man.

He spent his whole life, from the time he was twenty through to his last years, on the plains, and was an authority on Indian life and customs.

My Sixty Years on the Plains: Trapping, Trading, and Indian Fighting is the classic memoir from a frontiersman that gives valuable insight into life in the far west among outlaws, Native Americans, hunters and trappers.

“In the death of "Uncle Billy" Hamilton the United States loses its greatest Indian fighter and most skillful Indian sign talker and sign reader that this country ever produced.” Butte Daily Post

William Thomas Hamilton, also known as Wildcat Bill, was an English-born American frontiersman and author. His book, My Sixty Years on the Plains: Trapping, Trading, and Indian Fighting was first published in 1905 and he passed away in 1908.

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