National Parks and the Misadventures of Truman C Everts

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The amazing story of Truman Everts is a story of survival, of adventure, and a cautionary tale on why it is important to not get lost. The History Guy tells the forgotten tale of how a tax collector getting lost in the woods contributed to the creation of the world's first National Park.

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  • So disappointed that so many minutes wasted on an infomercial....

    Peter PeterPeter Peter17 цагийн өмнө
  • He’s like Bob, from What about Bob and Hugh Glass.

    jonnyares1jonnyares127 өдрийн өмнө
  • WOW!

    Lance AshLance Ash29 өдрийн өмнө
  • This was a good one! Thank you!

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  • I hope you take this as a compliment, but you really remind me, in your story telling, of Paul Harvey (And now, the rest of the story) - loved that guy, and you as well.

    Oratu The GoldOratu The GoldСарын өмнө
  • I have beenn in most of the national parks in North America and as beautiful as Yellowstone is my favorites are Banff in Alberta Canada and Yosemite in California the USA but other opinions are available

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  • By the grace of God

    Lisa DavenportLisa Davenport2 сарын өмнө
  • You said nothing about him later going to find the horse that deserted him and shooting it as a matter of form. So I must assume that, contrary to all expectations, he must have somehow neglected that chore.

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  • First, I hit “like,” then I watch. I’ve never been wrong.

    Mark ProulxMark Proulx2 сарын өмнө
  • Who would give a thumbs down on this channel?

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    • Evert's horse.

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  • The accidental tourist

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  • 1:06 "I love my subscription to Magellan TeeveeeeeeeeEEEEEIt's a new kind of..."

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  • Lesson learned by all.

    william louiewilliam louie4 сарын өмнө
  • What an absolutely crazy story! It's wild how much a human body can physically withstand in some instances.

    Holy HexHoly Hex4 сарын өмнө
  • I wish you could do a then and now video of the old hotels in Yellow Stone, many have been demolished. Some had pipes that ran to the geyser for hot water.

    Bill D.Bill D.4 сарын өмнө
  • Jeez, they really crammed a lot of words into a sentence back then.

    colin glencolin glen4 сарын өмнө
  • Omg! History Guy! You are awesome in doing this rare crossover into Yellowstone National Park history!

    Ragnar RagnarsonRagnar Ragnarson4 сарын өмнө
  • At least this guy realized that plants are food. I hear so many tales of survival and few people seem to realize that meat isn't the only food and it sure is a hell of a lot easier to catch plants. Yes, some of them are poisonous but, if you observe other animals eating a plant, you have a better chance of finding one you can eat. Since you are probably not lost in the wilderness right now, it's also a good idea to learn about the edible plants in your area should you ever find yourself lost or find yourself otherwise without food due to a natural disaster or something of the like. There are some area-specific books out there about the kinds of plants that native peoples used for both food and medicine so it's a good idea to read those kinds of things before you get lost. While you may think that you'll be fine since you don't go on treks in the mountains, remember that people have been likewise trapped in the wilderness after their cars broke down, they survived a plane crash, they survived a boat wreck, or quite a number of other things that found them unexpectedly lost in the wilderness. It doesn't hurt to learn at least a few of the edible plants just in case.

    Who EverWho Ever5 сарын өмнө
  • That was awesome!

    eetadakimasueetadakimasu5 сарын өмнө
  • You sir, are the best thing on MNthe. Your a modern Paul Harvey.

    Keith HarrisKeith Harris5 сарын өмнө
  • What a wonderful way to present this piece of history 👍

    Carlos CamposCarlos Campos5 сарын өмнө
  • My homeschool kids love your videos, great entertaining way to get them into history lessons

    Malformed ToasterMalformed Toaster5 сарын өмнө
  • All hopes/delusions of escaping today's world into the woods are now dashed!!

    Wayne BreashearsWayne Breashears5 сарын өмнө
  • Position had no salary: "thanks, I can eat better by eating thistle roots than from your salary"

    Charlie AngkorCharlie Angkor5 сарын өмнө
  • as this story is covered in Ken Burns National Parks series, I was just thinking about this man yesterday. Thank you for covering it.

    Behind the SpotlightBehind the Spotlight5 сарын өмнө
  • i read some where that yellow stone was named after yellow diamonds they found there. good channel!

    winterwolfwinterwolf5 сарын өмнө
  • Hey History Guy - The Loon Lake Bomber crash , north of McCall, Idaho during one of the coldest winters on record during WWII is an excellent survival story. They landed onto a frozen lake while on a PACIFIC anti-submarine patrol, eventually skidding to a stop inside of the treeline, tearing the aircraft to pieces (wings and trees don't mix well...) . I kid thee not, it was an anti-submarine patrol with 1940's navigation problems during a major Pacific storm that pushed them inland where they made a do-or-die emergency landing on the frozen lake as their engines ran out of fuel. Its a gripping tale, mixed with the usual government SNAFUs and well documented. The lake is gorgeous in summer, especially when not seen after a crash landing.

    Ray BansRay Bans5 сарын өмнө
  • I read his memoir a few years ago. Fascinating account, even if it was written for public, sensationalist, consumption.

    Eric LarsonEric Larson5 сарын өмнө
  • Can you make a video about the Sasquatch

    idontcare2562idontcare25625 сарын өмнө
  • Another great episode

    Jim KunkleJim Kunkle5 сарын өмнө
  • In the dictionary, under the word fortitude, there should be a picture of Mr Everts

    ChristineChristine5 сарын өмнө
  • A hapless guy gets lost in woods and a national park is created. I just love these types of stories where otherwise minor events have major impacts. “Big things have small beginnings.”

    Ira WolfIra Wolf5 сарын өмнө
  • Excellent as always. How ’bout check out Winnie Ruth Judd.

    Paradigm Salon VideoParadigm Salon Video5 сарын өмнө
  • Your opening montage... varied and creative.

    Hojo J.Hojo J.5 сарын өмнө
  • The moral of the story is never give up and never quit. It's quite amazing what the huan spirit and will can achieve.

    Derrick PetersonDerrick Peterson5 сарын өмнө
  • -rocks out to title music-

    Lady ChalkLady Chalk5 сарын өмнө
  • Thank you. I have been to Yellowstone a number of times. I enjoyed being off in the forests in the relative quiet. Thanks for the reminder of this scenic wonder and treasure.

    Glen MartinGlen Martin5 сарын өмнө
  • Another great video, you have an amazing gift of story telling! Keep up the great work!

    Ray CastRay Cast5 сарын өмнө
  • Skip to 2:35 to miss add

    rustang426wrustang426w5 сарын өмнө
  • How long was he lost?

    Brad ButcherBrad Butcher5 сарын өмнө
  • Bear grease is almost as good as first cut pine cone party liquor!

    R BurnsR Burns5 сарын өмнө
  • so the horse had enough sense to be found long before Everts?

    Joseph CampeseJoseph Campese5 сарын өмнө
  • That was a good one! The lesson here is... Don't let go of your horse!

    Time Flys in the ShopTime Flys in the Shop5 сарын өмнө
  • Who here knows what’s better Magellan or Timeline?

    Lizabeth GussmanLizabeth Gussman5 сарын өмнө
  • I would love to hear what you can find on the now ghost town of DeWard Michigan and how Ward and logging changed Michigan.

    Jp ZunnoJp Zunno5 сарын өмнө
  • People put so much belief in bear grease.

    Spark KnightSpark Knight5 сарын өмнө
  • I first learned of Mr. Everts while visiting Yellowstone back in the 80's from a park ranger. This was a great reminder of a wonderful trip, thanks.

    Dick CurreyDick Currey5 сарын өмнө
  • Hey THG, Lance I've been subscribed for a year or so now, and I must say your channel is one I watch more than most. Thanks, Alexander

    Aa CallisonAa Callison5 сарын өмнө
  • This is awesome timing. My wife and I got back from our honeymoon trip to Yellowstone just last week!! and yes, we got to see Everett Mountain. 😆

    Zachary WilliamsZachary Williams5 сарын өмнө
  • It was such an unfortunate story, why is it that I feel like chuckling?

    Drawn2myattentionDrawn2myattention5 сарын өмнө
  • Wow - this is an amazing story!

    Jayce PerlmutterJayce Perlmutter5 сарын өмнө
  • Great episode!! Thank you, HG!!

    Jim HealyJim Healy5 сарын өмнө
  • Thanks THG - for adding another character to stories of American survival. Everts' story is amazing for many reasons, his lack of any survival skills, his amazing luck at various points in his travel, and for his ability to write it down afterward! The publicized saga of Hugh Glass can now have a quite different story of similar deprivation. The bear grease - what a concept! Yet I expect that as a source of fat and oils, it literally re-energized his entire body. I once read that Sacagawea had the men of the Corps of Discovery melt down their tallow candles and drink the result, for very similar reasons. As for Everts, his certainly was a nearly fatal misadventure. Thank you Lance, for compiling his story, and enlightening all of us about another historical exploration of our vast and wild territory!

    Gerry PhibbsGerry Phibbs5 сарын өмнө
  • Apparently, some that wander are lost!

    MichaelMichael5 сарын өмнө
  • He sounds like a Forrest Gump-like figure. Wow. Great story.

    Calin CulianuCalin Culianu5 сарын өмнө
  • His story has some dark sides after his rescue from what I’m reading in other online sources. He cheated his rescuers out of the reward money by claiming he could have gotten off the mountain on his own, and he reportedly married a 14 year old girl when he was in his mid sixties.

    Dan SevernsDan Severns5 сарын өмнө
  • Hot bear grease!

    Keenan VaughnKeenan Vaughn5 сарын өмнө
  • Well done!!♥️

    TL ScottTL Scott5 сарын өмнө
  • Wikipedia says: “ In spite of their assistance, Everts denied Baronett and Pritchett payment of the reward, claiming he could have made it out of the mountains on his own.” If this is true, he is a despicable person.

    Dan SevernsDan Severns5 сарын өмнө
  • Video starts at 2:34

    Mister HatMister Hat5 сарын өмнө
  • I can honestly say that I've NEVER gotten lost... I just merely go sight seeing.

    Ron FarmerRon Farmer5 сарын өмнө
  • You should a segment of the Bath School Massacre. Thomas Kehoe

    Leslee HerschfusLeslee Herschfus5 сарын өмнө
  • The Nez Perce tribe is pronounced: Nay Per-say

    Living2nd childhoodLiving2nd childhood5 сарын өмнө
  • Nearsighted: I can think of very few afflictions which would be worse for such an endeavor.

    Jon McCormickJon McCormick5 сарын өмнө
  • now we know where the term "walking cluster-fuck" came from

    Grimm AceGrimm Ace5 сарын өмнө
  • Should’ve followed the horse

    Just BodenJust Boden5 сарын өмнө
  • Magellan does have excellent documentaries. But have your phone near by. Seemed every time I tried to watch I needed my phone to log in to my account. Needless to say, I am no longer a subscriber.

    Jarreds DadJarreds Dad5 сарын өмнө
  • God Bless that soul and his misadventure! What a story! Very good episode!

    Tina McLaughlinTina McLaughlin5 сарын өмнө
  • Interesting

    Dave McLeodDave McLeod5 сарын өмнө
  • This guy is kinda my hero. It's one thing to keep going when you're a hero. But it's something else to be an everyday klutz like the rest of us and to just keep on keepin' on!

    Dreaming DreamerDreaming Dreamer5 сарын өмнө
  • I imagine that after that bear grease started to take effect he wished he would not have survived

    Lord of Epic RandomnessLord of Epic Randomness5 сарын өмнө
  • Morals of the story: Stay with your group and, if you're lost, and your horse bolts, track it as best you can. =)

    Ray PellingRay Pelling5 сарын өмнө
  • If this guy endorses anything u know its good

    Satch PersaudSatch Persaud5 сарын өмнө
  • He was first in a long line of unskilled people getting lost in National Parks. But he was a MAN and really hung in there.

    Phil MPhil M5 сарын өмнө
  • Fantastic piece of history retold, well done. This would make a great movie in my opinion.

    Matthew KrahnMatthew Krahn5 сарын өмнө
  • Great vid as always, but bear grease? Is that really a thing? And if so, where can I buy some?😉

    Captain DouchebagCaptain Douchebag5 сарын өмнө
    • @The History Guy: History Deserves to Be Remembered I'll let you know how it pans out, good sir, cheers.

      Captain DouchebagCaptain Douchebag5 сарын өмнө
    • It is, pretty much anything with flesh can be rendered for grease. I was able to find bear grease for sale on line just by doing a Google search.

      The History Guy: History Deserves to Be RememberedThe History Guy: History Deserves to Be Remembered5 сарын өмнө
  • Hey Mr Guy, I tried signing up to Magellan’s “free month” trial but that doesn’t appear to be an option for History Guy viewers.

    Coach AdamCoach Adam5 сарын өмнө
    • Use this link:

      The History Guy: History Deserves to Be RememberedThe History Guy: History Deserves to Be Remembered5 сарын өмнө
  • "Unclog the pipes" . . . now that was a badly-needed morning chuckle.

    Kevin HeineKevin Heine5 сарын өмнө
  • in 2021, Waaaa I broke my phone screen....

    K KampyK Kampy5 сарын өмнө
  • Kinda brought this to mind:

    DBADaddyDBADaddy5 сарын өмнө
  • Back when most people still had common sense.

    ut000bsut000bs5 сарын өмнө
  • What a story!

    Joe ReevesJoe Reeves5 сарын өмнө
  • That hot bear grease always does the trick!

    joe hatchjoe hatch5 сарын өмнө
  • I think you mean "under the command of Lieutenant Gustavus Doane and his INCREDIBLE MUSTACHE"

    Bran KeaneBran Keane5 сарын өмнө
  • Hardly Ron Swanson, was he? 😁

    Jaunty AngleJaunty Angle5 сарын өмнө
  • In Montana we call it mother thistle.

    Sachem GromillerSachem Gromiller5 сарын өмнө
  • I live in Yellowstone country and I don't recall ever hearing this story. Then again, after 4 decades up here, it's possible I've forgotten a thing or two.

    GuillermoGuillermo5 сарын өмнө
    • I first learned the story from an exhibit in Albright Visitor Center.

      The History Guy: History Deserves to Be RememberedThe History Guy: History Deserves to Be Remembered5 сарын өмнө
  • What is the title font that is used, for example the white on blue?

    QqJcrsStbtQqJcrsStbt5 сарын өмнө
  • Lake yellowstone looks like an Aboriginal standing. Ha seagull in wyoming? "Wasn't out of the woods" yet. Ha

    Mark GarinMark Garin5 сарын өмнө
    • @The History Guy: History Deserves to Be Remembered 25 varieties. Former intel analyst deserving not an issue, thanks though

      Mark GarinMark Garin5 сарын өмнө
    • @Mark Garin

      The History Guy: History Deserves to Be RememberedThe History Guy: History Deserves to Be Remembered5 сарын өмнө
    • @The History Guy: History Deserves to Be Remembered growing up in Wisconsin, and spending time on the mississippi river and lake michigan, you might expect to see them, but I honestly can't remember ever seeing one.

      Mark GarinMark Garin5 сарын өмнө
    • Numerous kinds of gull are native to Wyoming.

      The History Guy: History Deserves to Be RememberedThe History Guy: History Deserves to Be Remembered5 сарын өмнө
  • Those thistles are tasty

    Mediocre MediaMediocre Media5 сарын өмнө
  • Oh yeah? Well....this one college....someone wrote the name of a political candidate for whom I do not care in chalk on the sidewalk....totally terrifying experience that will haunt me for life.

    NonNobisSolumNonNobisSolum5 сарын өмнө
  • On their way back from the Pacific coast, the Lewis and Clark expedition met up with a group that was headed for Yellowstone. One of the soldiers from the expedition decided to accompany the group to Yellowstone. Imagine being gone for 2 1/2 years only to commit to another year or so! Drawings and paintings of Yellowstone didn't convince people of it's splendor because people just couldn't believe that such a fantastic landscape could exist. Finally a photography expedition went to Yellowstone with cameras using 16x20 inch glass plates. Each glass plate had to be individually prepared in their horse drawn laboratory. The prints that were eventually produced were instrumental in convincing the public (and Congress) of the area's beauty.

    djolley61djolley615 сарын өмнө
  • btw-bear grease did way more for him than unclog him. Bear grease is delicious and nutritious. Animal fats are the very most easily processed source of energy for the human body and brain. That Bear fat is what saved his life. I have been on the healing Carnivore diet now for 2 years-eating nothing but animal products-meats, HIGH fats, eggs, cheese, lactose free milk sometimes. I have experienced amazing healing. I thought I had two small heart attacks and my doc thought I had congestive heart disease and had ordered every test in the book but I had no insurance and had to research to try and save my own life! I feel 15 years younger and my terrible pains are gone except for after a few cheat days here and there. LL is lifelong. What is better: sleep apnea-LL-gone! weekly bad migraines-gone! anemia-LL-gone! insomnia-LL chronic fatigue- gas, indigestion, bloating back ache daily-gone joint pain sciatica plantar fasciitis acne/skin issues my skin tags my arthritis What is better but not gone: asthma allergies fibromyalgia (these took about a year to show improvement) What is not better: PTSD (but I have way less nightmares) I also lost 95 lbs but that was not why I went on this or what motivated me. I still have more to lose and COVID stress slowed down the loss-then stopped the loss altogether. I put back on about 12 lbs with cheats. Sugar is still an addiction I can see that now...But I will always have to stay on this diet-it is too painful when I stop. All those plants have toxins which affect my too much! The worst ones are the veg and fruits that I had aversion for in childhood and was forced to eat. I had learned to love all of them and I miss being able to eat just to have a party like time-but I don’t crave them. Carnivore kills all cravings so long as I eat clean on the program. One time stray into carbs and sugar cravings come at me like heroin cravings! LOL-Gotta stay clean and hopefully full health will return!

    beastshawneebeastshawnee5 сарын өмнө
  • sheesh you’d think back in that day a man would have been more prepared...have some knowledge about what to do...

    beastshawneebeastshawnee5 сарын өмнө
  • Oh he needs to explain the robots from ‘Forbidden Planet” and “Lost In Space” in the display case.

    agypsychildagypsychild5 сарын өмнө
    • @agypsychild they just represent some of my own history really. We move things around on set all the time.

      The History Guy: History Deserves to Be RememberedThe History Guy: History Deserves to Be Remembered5 сарын өмнө
    • @The History Guy: History Deserves to Be Remembered I was wondering if they tie in to an historical event or if they are just memorabilia you like to collect. Either way I thought they were a cool tie to the hazards of exploration and daringness of explorers. If they were there for a while I’m disappointed in myself for not noticing.

      agypsychildagypsychild5 сарын өмнө
    • What’s to explain?

      The History Guy: History Deserves to Be RememberedThe History Guy: History Deserves to Be Remembered5 сарын өмнө
  • I love the way you supply and narrate your own LENGTHY commercial. I guess you have no choice, seeing as how MNthe is paying you guys less and less.

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    • We appreciate our sponsors.

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  • Would it be possible for you to do a story about the “Bicycle Troops “ circa 1896? Thank you!

    Don TerHaarDon TerHaar5 сарын өмнө
  • Somebody write a script.......

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