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Near Dubois in Fremont County, Wyoming — The American West (Mountains)
 

The Rendezvous

 
 
The Rendezvous Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Barry Swackhamer, July 10, 2021
1. The Rendezvous Marker
Caption: "The 'rendezvous,' near Green River,Oregon" Alfred Jacob Miller
Inscription.  Twelve thousand foot mountain plateaus dominating this view of Green River and Snake River headwaters seemingly provide a southwesterly buttress for loftier peaks forming the core of the Wind River Range. Beyond them it is 43 miles from Union Pass to where confluence of the Green and its Horse Creek tributary marks the most famous of several "rendezvous" grounds relating to that epoch in American history known as the Rocky Mountain Fur Trade.
"Rendezvous", defined as a trade fair in wilderness surroundings, was held in divers locations throughout the Central Rocky Mountains regions. It required spacious grassy environs for grazing thousands of horses, raising hundreds of trapper and Indian lodges and for horse races and other spectacles exuberantly staged by mountain men and Indians then relaxed from vigilance against dangers which otherwise permitted no unguarded carrousels. A favorite area for "rendezvous" was along the Green, recognized for producing the pipets beaver peltry and for conveniently straddling the South Pass logistic route utilized for transport of trade goods and furs between St. Louis and the mountains. On the Green the
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Photographed By Barry Swackhamer, July 10, 2021
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finest "rendezvous" grounds--rendered especially famous through Alfred Jacob Miller's paintings of the 1837 scene--were those at Horse Creek.
Depending on arrival of St. Louis supply caravans, "rendezvous" usually extended through early July. At the close of revels--leaving many mountain men deeply in debt--there remained up to two months before prime furs signaled the stare to fall hunting. The intervening time was pleasantly occupied in traveling and exploring high mountain terrain; then trails around Union Pass were furrowed by Indian travois only to be leveled again by the beating hoofs of the trapper's pack trains.
 
Erected by U.S. National Forest Service.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Notable Events.
 
Location. 43° 28.857′ N, 109° 52.498′ W. Marker is near Dubois, Wyoming, in Fremont County. Marker can be reached from Union Pass Road (Forest Road 600) near Forest Road 534. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Dubois WY 82513, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Union Pass (here, next to this marker); Three Waters Mountain (here, next to this marker); Wind River Range (here, next to this marker); Road through a Pass (here, next to this marker); The Ramshorn (here,
Rendezvous on the Green River by Alfred Jacob Miller image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Walters Art Museum
3. Rendezvous on the Green River by Alfred Jacob Miller
next to this marker); Flora at Union Pass (here, next to this marker); Resources (here, next to this marker); Cultural Heritage (here, next to this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Dubois.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 30, 2021. It was originally submitted on August 30, 2021, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 89 times since then and 37 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on August 30, 2021, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.

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Aug. 11, 2022