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Mountain Man Trapper

Life of a Trapper in the 1800’s

Do you know the reason for the Mountain Men Rendezvous? Do you know who went to them? Do you know how long it lasted? I have these answers and SSSOOO much more that you are going to be amazed!
        There were approximately sixteen Mountain Men Rendezvous.MM002The Rendezvous were held once a summer during the time of lowest trapping. MM004

Trapping was a a chance for an adventurous man to make some money really quick, which could pose some interesting problems. One being that most had never had much and to suddenly be flush with disposable income were not always wise. Second, if they were not careful they could be taken advantage of with jacked up prices and lose all they had made during the trapping season. However,  a few who were wise made enough to actually begin very successful businesses and become quite wealthy. The fur trading companies out of St. Louis hired men to travel to the remote area in new territory and be the middle men taking supplies to sell to the trappers and purchasing the hides to bring back to the fur companies. The Indians in the area were the main source for the pelts until Europe was trapped out and large amounts of money could be made; adventurous men also began to trap. MM007Supplies of all kinds needed to be brought at the trappers lived in unsettled and untamed territory. A person would purchase a pair of shoes and wear it on the same foot until it was broken in and molded to that foot; making a right and left shoe.MM010Beads from Venice and the Czech Republic were the most valuable and sought after.MM008

The middle men made the most money as a general .MM003  The beaver meat was used to eat and preserve.MM009To be accepted in any level of society for men, women and military had to wear felt hats. Because of this social stigma for all adults, and felt being made from the underside of the beaver fur, made it a precious commodity and of such value. The hair was shipped to Paris, Germany, London and  Prague. The hide was used to make glue. The meat is rich and delicious (at least that is what I was told!)

MM011This is the inside of the bullet mold. A gun would come with its own mold to make the bullets with.MM0012








Rawhide was cut into long strips and used for lashing poles together and primitive type back packs. Tanned leather was used for shoes, latches on doors, hats, sheathes and such as that.




MM028It was certainly a different type of life from today. The mountain men discovered new areas and their trails opened the way for later settlers.


Would you like to know about the TINSMITH or the PRINTER or the BARBER & DENTIST or GAMES PIONEERS PLAYED – simply click on each title and you will find pictures and more great information!

I have LOTS more in my LOST ART OF FAMILY HISTORY you might enjoy also!

The pictures and information were all possible because of “This Is The Place” in Salt Lake City, Utah. It is a must see if you are in the area. The people working there are knowledgeable and so friendly. Their site is:
Copyright Carrie Groneman, A Mother’s Shadow, 2013
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  • Randy says:

    Terrific article and pictures! Very informative.

  • Randy says:

    Terrific article and pictures! Very informative….

  • You definitely are wealth of knowledge on this and truly do appreciate you shedding light on the Mountain Men Rendezvous from way back in the 1830s. And you are also right was definitely a different time and place, but certainly was very interesting and loved getting the lowdown here 🙂

  • Connie says:

    What a great article ,,, and how fun to live close enough to go see this . How often does this event happen or is it there all the time ?

  • Carrie,
    I have really enjoyed your series on the 1800’s. This post is full of great information. I love seeing all the stuff which was traded. How they made bullets and more.
    Thanks for sharing!
    Diane Roark

  • I love your history lessons, Carrie! Thanks so much for sharing with the Let’s Get Real party.

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