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WLM | arts Author Jefferson Glass at the replica of Reshaw’s Bridge at Evansville. decorated buckskin clothing and moccasins. Parkman wrote, “There was no superfluity, and indeed every limb was compact and hard; every sinew had its full tone and elasticity, and the whole man wore an air of mingled hardihood and buoyancy.” Richard lived on the edge of danger, yet was known for sharing everything he possessed and welcoming visitors with “mountain cordiality.” His son, educated in the Midwest, came back to Wyoming where he was known both as a renegade and cold-blooded killer and an ambassador of the tribes to Washington, D.C. Richard played an important role in the development of the economy of the frontier beyond his toll bridge business. He 44 Wyoming Lifestyle Magazine | Fall 2014 could be called Wyoming’s first rancher, he mined coal for his use and to sell, he opened a trading post in Colorado’s gold rush area and stocked it with moccasins and leggings made by Native American women at Reshaw’s Bridge, thereby establishing what could be called Wyoming’s first manufacturing. Author Jefferson Glass is well immersed in the story of John Baptiste Richard. And, he says as he looks out the window of his home toward the site of Reshaw’s Bridge, “There is more history right out the back door than most people realize.” To order Reshaw: The Life and Times of John Baptiste Richard by Jefferson Glass, visit High Plains Press online at highplainspress.com. WLM