Story sponsored by: 1838 Rendezvous Association
(Riverton, Wyo.) – The annual re-enactment of the 1838 Mountain Man Rendezvous in Riverton will be held this year from July 3rd to the 7th. This year marks the 175th anniversary of the original rendezvous. Our rendezvous is the only re-enactment located on the actual historic site. One is walking in the footsteps of such great trappers and traders such as Jim Bridger, Kit Carson, Joe Meek, Andrew Drips, William Drummond Stewart, Moses “Black” Harris, and others.
This year’s fun starts with a parade down Main Street in the afternoon of the 3rd followed by opening ceremonies at 5:00 pm with a free dinner and Native American dancing. Thursday, Friday and Saturday will see the normal black powder shooting, hawk ‘n knife competitions and numerous seminars centered around the fur trapping era. This year we are also expecting more traders than usual as the national rendezvous will be the next week in Laramie. This gives visitors a chance to “shop til they drop”.
We pride ourselves on being a “beginners” or “teaching” rendezvous with the seminars offered. Saturday will be set aside as a family day with a great number of activities for kids and “non” participants in the rendezvous. We will have seminars on fire starting with flint and steel, dutch oven cooking, flint knapping, Teepee set-up and organization, trap setting, skinning and hooping furs, embroidery, historical information about the era, and many others.
To find us, travel east on Monroe off of Federal Blvd to Smith Rd. turn south and follow the signs.