John C. Fremont
November 26, 1848: The Great Pathfinder John C. Fremont, “Old Bill” Williams, and other Missourians chose the wrong path and became stranded in a severe Rocky Mountain winter.
At one point the men thought they saw green grass in the snow. It turned out to be the tops of evergreen trees. Eleven men died on that trip and Old Bill was accused of cannibalism.
This post was contributed by Ross Malone. A historian and a retired school teacher, Ross has authored many books about Missouri’s history, weird facts, and folk tales. He has also written children’s historical fiction. Visit his website, and buy his books in the Missouri Life store.