Museum of the Mountain Man
Museum of the Mountain Man is located in Pinedale, Wyoming, at the foot of the Wind River Mountains and the Continental Divide near the headwaters of the Green River. At 7000 feet elevation, Pinedale is on a high plateau surrounded by three mountain ranges. Since 1990, the Museum of the Mountain Man has been preserving and interpreting the history of the Rocky Mountain fur trade. The Mission of the Museum of the Mountain Man is to preserve and interpret the history of the Rocky Mountain Fur Trade. The Museum will accomplish its mission through exhibitions of objects, publications, tours and research designed to engage the imagination of its visitors.
Backstory and Context
As the oldest Historical Society in the State of Wyoming, the Sublette County Historical Society was originally established in 1935 for the preservation of historic sites of the fur trade and rendezvous, marking of settler graves and trails and to collect all records, documents and items pertaining to the historical background of Sublette County. Today’s SCHS is the parent organization for the Museum of the Mountain Man. The Historical Society holds over 15,000 artifacts ranging from pre-historic to the settlement era.
Founding members of the Historical Society began the modern-day rendezvous reenactment program in 1936 in Daniel, to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the 1836 rendezvous, which was attended by the first white women to cross the Continental Divide. The Rendezvous Pageant is still performed every year in July by the Green River Rendezvous Pageant Association during Rendezvous Days in Pinedale.
The Mission of the Museum of the Mountain Man is to preserve and interpret the history of the Rocky Mountain Fur Trade. The Museum will accomplish its mission through exhibitions of objects, publications, tours and research designed to engage the imagination of its visitors.
The Museum presents a visual and interpretative experience into the romantic era of the 1800s Mountain Man and provides a comprehensive overview of the Western Fur Trade’s historical significance. Situated in the heart of the country that was once the hub of the Rocky Mountain Rendezvous system, the Museum stands as a monument to the men and the commerce that opened the West.
Artifacts directly traceable to the mountain man are extremely rare. The Museum’s collection has many period-correct pieces from the fur-trade era, but few directly attributable to the mountain men. Genuine artifacts in the Museum’s collection include a rifle owned by Jim Bridger after the fur trade era and archaeological pieces from the site of Fort Bonneville. Sublette County’s acquisition of the fur-trade papers significantly expands the Museum’s genuine artifact collection and ability to interpret the Rocky Mountain fur-trade era.
Each year the Museum and Sublette County Historical Society produce the “Rocky Mountain Fur Trade Journal” and other publications that educate and preserve the record of historical events and people across the country.
Directions. Museum of the Mountain Man. Accessed April 15, 2018. http://museumofthemountainman.com/museum-mountain-man/directions/.
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Mission. Museum of the Mountain Man. Accessed April 12, 2018. http://museumofthemountainman.com/about/mission/.
Museum of the Mountain Man. Visit Pinedale. . Accessed April 11, 2018. http://www.visitpinedale.org/community/popular-attractions/museum-of-the-mountain-man.