Hugh Glass historical marker overlooking ShadeHill Reservoir. 

Hugh Glass historical marker overlooking ShadeHill Reservoir. 

Leonardo Dicaprio in The revenAnt -New Regency & Ratpac Entertainment

Leonardo Dicaprio in The revenAnt -New Regency & Ratpac Entertainment

The Story of Hugh Glass

Hugh Glass led a storied life at the beginnings of the 19th century. In the summer of 1823, Glass as part of a fur trading party led by General Ashley, was attacked by a grizzly bear along the shores of the Grand River at a point somewhere south of present day Lemmon SD.  He fought the grizzly to the death, eventually killing the animal. Badly wounded Glass was left in the care of  fellow expedition members John Fitzgerald and Jim Bridger till he either recovered or died while the expedition would move on. Though accounts vary on the specifics, Fitzgerald and Bridger abandoned Glass, either because they believed he was fatally wounded or because they were attacked by a Native American tribe and had to leave to escape.

Hugh Glass did not die that day however. Alone,  removed of all his gear and supplies, Glass would make an astounding journey. Overcoming his wound, lack of equipment, nature and evading sometimes hostile Native Americans, Glass crawled most of the way back to Fort Kiowa, more than 200 miles away.

This year we remember the amazing story of Hugh Glass and his trek back to civilization with the First Annual Hugh Glass Rendezvous. With the wealth of local history in Western South Dakota and the release of Hollywood's take on Glass with Alejandro Iñárritu's  critically acclaimed The Revenant starring Leonardo Dicaprio there's no better time to take a trip into the past.