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Joseph Leander Wescott


Joseph Wescott was a "mountain man". He was said to be the first white man to settle in Grand Lake, Colorado. He was carried in on a litter by Indians. He was very ill, but regained his health in Colorado, making his living by hunting, trapping, and fishing. He refused to talk about his former life, and he never married.

Joseph was born about 1835, probably in Nova Scotia, Canada. He died 27 September 1912, (some say 1913 or 1914, but the cemetery record says 1912). He was buried in Riverside Cemetery, Marshalltown, Iowa.

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