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Jim Beckwourth - Plainsman

Tue Jan 21, 2014 1:33 pm

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Jim Beckwourth was an African American who played a major role in the early exploration and settlement of the American West. Although there were people of many races and nationalities on the frontier, Beckwourth was the only African American who recorded his life story, and his adventures took him from the everglades of Florida to the Pacific Ocean and from southern Canada to northern Mexico.

Re: Jim Beckwourth - Plainsman

Sat Feb 15, 2014 11:26 pm

I want Morgan Freeman to play him in the biopic.

Re: Jim Beckwourth - Plainsman

Tue Dec 02, 2014 12:09 am

great picture of beckworth, a few weeks ago i was at bents fort and they had his rifle there. it had started out as a flinter and had been converted. the thing weigh 12 pounds. i was lucky enough to have a picture made with it.



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Re: Jim Beckwourth - Plainsman

Tue Dec 02, 2014 9:26 am

Very cool Billy! Great picture and a rare opportunity to hold some history.

Shotgun

Re: Jim Beckwourth - Plainsman

Tue Dec 30, 2014 10:44 pm

I'll have to say though, Beckworth was a blow hard, a liar and a thief.

Re: Jim Beckwourth - Plainsman

Sun Jan 08, 2017 10:27 am

That's a great photo you have there, Buckskin Billy. I have been wanting to visit Bent's Fort... One of these days, I reckon.

There is a lot more on the Beckwourth Rifle, with detailed descriptions of the various aspects of the rifle's design, some really excellent photographs and drawings, and the story of how the rifle was authenticated here: James P. Beckwourth Rifle

I think Beckwourth was known to "improve upon" the truth, but this was not an uncommon practice. If you read Bill Hamilton's My Sixty Years on the Plains or **** Wootton's "Uncle ****" Wootton, these two make it sound as if they were critical participants in every major event. I understand a lot of the details of Jim Beckwourth's autobiography actually hold up pretty well in comparison to historical fact-checking.

Best regards,
Crooked River Bob
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