Though the explorers with their official reports did much to interest the East in the Far West, the fur men, who in most instances preceded the explorers, covered the Indian trails and trapped the beaver from the Rockies to the Pacific and added materially to our knowledge of the country. The story of the fur men is the earliest story of the white man in North America and from cavalier and Pilgrim days to the present, those who sought the furs were in the forefront of civilization.
Ricks, Joel E., "Fur Traders and Trappers in Utah" (1950). Joel Ricks Collection. Paper 5.