Tag Archives: fur trade

An Expedition on the Green River

AN EXPEDITION ALONG THE GREEN RIVER   On November 19, 2015, Aaron Griggs and I left Buena Vista, Co and traveled to Moab, UT. It takes 6 hours to drive from my house to Moab via US Hwy 24 and … Continue reading

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Fort Uncompahgre redux

June 12-14, 2015 several of us returned to Fort Uncompahgre in Delta, CO for an open house weekend.  We had a great time bringing the old fort to life.  

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2014 AMM Western Territorial

Oct 23-26, 2014, Violet & I attended the AMM Western Territorial Rendezvous at Bent’s Old Fort.  I was the auctioneer for the fundraiser.   

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2014 AMM Eastern Territorial Rendezvous

Oct 9-11, 2014, Violet & I attended the AMM Eastern Territorial Rendezvous near Morris, IL.  We had a good time in spite of the ticks.  We had a great time with the folks from Illinois and I represented the western … Continue reading

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Fort Uncompahgre

May 17-18, 2014 – We attended an open house at Fort Uncompahgre near Delta, CO.  The fort is a re-creation of one of Antoine Robideaux’ fur trading posts.  It was in operation from 1828 -1844.  I ran the blacksmith shop … Continue reading

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2013 AMM Nationals

June 27 – July 7, 2013,  I attended the American Mountain Men National rendezvous hosted by the Colorado Brigade.   I took a two day horseback trip with Bill Bailey, Jason Mays, Rebecca Compton, Vic Barkin.     We had … Continue reading

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Summary Comments on the Works of Alfred Jacob Miller.

In studying the artwork of Miller, I have seen many wonderful references to the material culture of the Rocky Mountain fur trade.  I will use his artwork and notes to develop and justify many of the items I use in … Continue reading

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A Little Knowledge is a Dangerous Thing!

Human nature can be very irritating.  It seems when we learn a little something about a subject all of a sudden we become experts!  These “experts” not only will tell you what they have learned about a subject (usually without you even asking them), … Continue reading

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Observations on Miller

The following comments are based on the sketches by Alfred Jacob Miller as found in the Parke-Bernet Galleries sale book from 1966. #1 – Antoine Clement had a white dog with lop ears.  His leather shirt has long fringe and Indian quill … Continue reading

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Bent’s Fort Christmas Celebration

We had a great time at Bent’s this Christmas.  I worked the carpenter’s shop during the day and stood guard duty on the front gate at night.  We had some weather Friday night and Saturday, then it cleared off to … Continue reading

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