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Green River Rendezvous

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Pinedale, Wyoming lies in the heart of the country that in the early 1800s was the hub of the Rocky Mountain fur trade, which supplied lustrous beaver pelts for the fashion industries of Europe and the eastern United States. Mountain men like Jim Bridger,…


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Pinedale, Wyoming lies in the heart of the country that in the early 1800s was the hub of the Rocky Mountain fur trade, which supplied lustrous beaver pelts for the fashion industries of Europe and the eastern United States. Mountain men like Jim Bridger, Kit Carson, Thomas Fitzpatrick and William Sublette carved their legends here, and opened the way for settlement of the West. The mountain men's summer Rendezvous emerged as an annual event in which trappers, travelers and Indians all gathered to barter, sell and gamble away the pelts and skins they'd gathered through the winter in hard, dangerous labor. Guns, jewelry, supplies and other trade goods were also swapped. These original Rendezvous were the best opportunity to lay in supplies for the coming winter, renew acquaintances, tell tall tales, drink, laugh and start trouble and this celebration still carries on annually the second weekend in July.

Sixteen Rendezvous were held during the years 1824-1840, the height of the Rocky Mountain Fur Trade when the beaver top hat was an essential part of every respectable urban man's wardrobe. Of those 16 gatherings, six were located in the Green River Valley, eight miles west of Pinedale, Wyoming, near the spot where the town of Daniel now stands.

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