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.
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
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