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Rendezvous marks 41st year

Posted: Thursday, Aug 29th, 2013

Two grizzled mountain men chew the fat in this picture earlier Rendezvous at Fort Bridger. PIONEER FILE PHOTO/VR Giorgis


Pioneer Editor

FORT BRIDGER – Mountain men and pilgrims, with Native Americans bedecked in ceremonial dress will kick off the 41st annual Fort Bridger Rendezvous this weekend at the Fort Bridger State Historic Site.

Course, you’ve seen all those grizzled men and their hardy families settin’ up camp and getting their lodges ready the last few days. As they enter in and get set up, they step back in time to the era of the early Rocky Mountain West, a pre-1840 era. A time when men lived by their wits in the sparsely inhabited western mountains and spent the winter trapping for furs or plews and were like money in the bank.

The rendezvous preceded much of the westward expansion, but proved to be a great business opportunity for men like Ashley. He gathered supplies—black powder, rifles, knives, tomahawks, beads and much more and headed West. Trappers came to a preselected site and traded their plews for the merchandise to get them through the next season.

The Fort Bridger Rendezvous is the second largest visitor event in Wyoming, only topped by Cheyenne Frontier Days.

The yearly rendezvous held at Fort Bridger allows the pilgrims and flatlanders—tourists—a glimpse into the past to learn and see part of America’s history.

This year’s Booshway, or bossman is Mike Chatelain. This year’s Segundo is Susan Bridge. They spearhead the Fort Bridger Rendezvous Association this year and strive to bring to life an era of the white man’s first ventures into the Rock Mountain West.

For the complete article see the 08-30-2013 issue.

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