2019 1838 Mountain Man Rendezvous
Join us for our 30th Annual 1838 Mountain Man Rendezvous on July 1-6, 2019 at the Wind River Heritage Center in Riverton, Wyoming. Located in Riverton, the 1838 Mountain Man Rendezvous is the only reenactment on the actual untouched, historic site where the “1838 Rendezvous” took place! You will be walking the same ground as Jim Bridger, Kit Carson, and Moses “Black” Harris to name a few.
1838 Mountain Man Rendezvous
The fun starts with a parade down Main Street in Riverton, followed by opening ceremonies and Native American dancing. Then the 1838 Mountain Man Rendezvous begins with black powder shooting, hawk ‘n knife competitions and numerous seminars centered around the fur trapping era. And ‘Traders Row’ is a great place to bargain for a souvenir.
The organizers of the 1838 Mountain Man Rendezvous pride themselves on having a “beginners” or “teaching” rendezvous with seminars offered. Family day activities for kids and “non” participants in the rendezvous. There are seminars on fire starting with flint and steel, dutch oven cooking, flint knapping, Teepee set-up and organization, various trapping methods, historical information about the era, and many others.
The 1838 Mountain Man Rendezvous is open to the public and family friendly. For those “beginner” rendezvousers, who are looking to join a richly rewarding and fun event… you will not disappointed! Also, pets are welcome but must be kept on a leash.
Authentic Trapper or Horse Camp $25
Authentic Trader $50 (cash or prizes)
Tin Teepe Fee $25
Early Setup: Monday – Tuesday
Camp Activities: Wednesday – Sunday
Parade, Opening Ceremony – Wednesday
Camp Activities: Thursday – Sunday
Closing Ceremony Noon Sunday
Activities & Things to Do
Primitive & Tin Tipi Camp Areas
Primitive black powder Shooting Matches
Hawk & Knife throwing, training & competitions
Nightly Council Fire, Pre-1840 Trade Goods, Wood & Water available
Tentative Seminars (See Website for Updated Seminar List)
“Beginner” Hawk Throwing Classes
Basic Fire Starting
Teepee Lore for kids & Adults
Care & Feeding of Muzzle Loading Firearms
Wind River Heritage Center
1075 S Federal Boulevard
Riverton, WY 82501
Phone: (307) 856-0706
For More Information:
Booshway: Josh Lehto 307-851-3391 firstname.lastname@example.org
Segundo: Gary “Big Toe” Gavin email@example.com
Riverton Area: Site of Two Historic Mounatain Man Rendezvous
The area around present-day Riverton was home to two rendezvous, in 1830 and 1838. Lending the modern event a particularly historic air, the camp used today is the same one used over 150 years ago. Pitch your teepee or modern tin-teepee under the same cottonwoods as the real mountain men did (or update tradition by staying in an area hotel). Then venture out for knife- and tomahawk-throwing contests and demonstrations, crafts, kids games and campfire singing.
Support the 1838 Mountain Man Rendezvous
The annual reenactment of the 1838 Rendezvous is part the effort to draw attention to the history and romance of the area. Reenactors, or “buckskinners have done their part for the site, but the organization is presently in need of more members who are creative, energetic and love history. They need active members who care how the world sees Wyoming’s ancient landscape and early history. “We have a lot to do and we need help, said an association member, “People come from all over the world to this site. European, South American, Canadian and Asian people visited the site this year and we can make their impression of American values more accurate by showing how important this site is to American history”.
Also: Primitive Black Powder Shooting Matches, Hawk & Knife Throwing training & competitions, Nightly Council Fire, Pre-1840 Trade Goods, Wood & Water Available
Mark your calendar today so you don’t miss the next 1838 Mountain Man Rendezvous in July at the Wind River Heritage Center in Riverton, Wyoming.
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