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Near McKinnon in Sweetwater County, Wyoming — The American West (Mountains)
 

1825 Rocky Mountain Rendezvous

 
 
1825 Rocky Mountain Rendezvous Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, September 10, 2015
1. 1825 Rocky Mountain Rendezvous Marker
Inscription. "When all had come in, he (Ashley) opened his goods, and there was a general jubilee.... We constituted quite a little town, numbering at least eight hundred souls, ...half were women and children. There were some ... who had not seen any groceries, such as coffee, sugar, etc. for several months. The whiskey went off as freely as water, even at the exorbitant price he sold it for. All kinds of sport were indulged in with a heartiness that would astonish more civilized societies."
Taken from, The Life and Adventures of James P. Beckwourth, as told to Thomas D. Bonner. this passage describes a raucous social event: the rendezvous. Here, mountain men swapped stories, tested their skills, and shared news of friends. The annual event was actually begun as a time saving measure whereby trappers could replenish supplies and trade furs, without traveling to St. Louis each summer. North of this point on Henry Fork of the Green River, between Birch and Burnt Fork Creeks, the first Rocky Mountain Rendezvous was held during June and July, 1825. Held under the direction of William Ashley the gathering was planned for the Green River, but was moved to Henrys Fork because that site provided better forage for animals. One-hundred twenty trappers gathered to barter their furs at Burnt Fork. Among those assembled were some of the industry's
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By Barry Swackhamer, September 10, 2015
2. 1825 Rocky Mountain Rendezvous Marker
most colorful characters: General Ashley, Jedediah Smith, Bill Sublette, Davey Jackson, Tom Fitzpatrick, Etienne Provost, James Beckwourth and the still green Jim Bridger. On July 2, 1825, Ashley and his men headed for St. Louis with a load of furs worth $50,000.
Held annually throughout the region until 1840, when the demand for beaver pelts decreased, the rendezvous it remembered as one of the western frontiers most colorful traditions. Modern day mountain men still reenact these 19th century "fur fairs".
 
Erected by Wyoming Archives and Historical Department.
 
Location. 41° 1.61′ N, 109° 59.694′ W. Marker is near McKinnon, Wyoming, in Sweetwater County. Marker is on State Highway 414 near Birch Creek Road, on the left when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 3040-3088 Wyoming 414, Mc Kinnon WY 82938, United States of America.
 
Also see . . .  Mountain Man Rendezvous Sites - O. Ned Eddins. The thirteen of the sixteen Rocky Mountain Rendezvous were held west of the Continental Divide. The 1829, 1830, and 1838 rendezvous were held east of the Continental Divide. Six of the sixteen rendezvous were held in territory belonging to Mexico. Except the 1826-27-28 rendezvous in Utah and the 1832
Green River Rendezvous image. Click for full size.
By William Henry Jackson
3. Green River Rendezvous
in Idaho, all of the rendezvous were held in Wyoming.
(Submitted on October 30, 2015, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.) 
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 30, 2015, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 150 times since then and 38 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on October 30, 2015, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.
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