Posted: Aug 9, 2013 4:36 PM by Chet Layman - MTN News
Updated: Aug 9, 2013 5:04 PM
Picture life in the 1800s, Montana is inching toward statehood.
If you were a mountain man, you'd work all year, trapping, skinning hides, honing knives, all to sell your goods at a pre-determined location, called a rendezvous, once a year.
Flash forward a couple hundred years plus change, and The Smoking Waters Rendezvous near West Yellowstone is the place a mountain man can sell his wares.
"Once a year they'd have a pre-designed place where they'd all meet up to trade those furs that they got for things that they need, extra traps, food, and extra blankets and what not," said Sunshine Kirkpatrick, Rendezvous Organizer. "Basically they'd get together and have a big party."
It wasn't just furs that were for sale at rendezvous - think of this as a giant craft fair. Bags, knives and other items could be found.
The products for sale this weekend at The Smoking Waters Rendezvous may be different than what you would find in yesteryear. And the way folks arrived are certainly different than they did for rendezvous back in the 1800's.
What isn't different is the reason the participants come to the rendezvous. To sell wares and spend time with old friends.
The Smoking Waters Mountain Man Rendezvous runs through Sunday, with black powder shooting competition Saturday at 9 a.m. Look for the tents on the west end of town.