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I've never understood why

I've never understood why Durand is portrayed as a hero either, and I'd even dispute the tag "mountain man" as applicable to him. As I noted here, on my Wyoming daily history blog, he was really a Powell area farm kid who engaged in poaching which lead to some pretty horrific criminal behavior:

http://wyominghistory.blogspot.com/2012/03/march-24.html

In some ways, his story seems to me to fit more into the lawless 1930s than into any particular end of era Western tale.

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