The Museum of the Mountain Man is located in Pinedale, Wyoming. Visitors to the museum will learn about the heritage of the mountain man through artifacts and documents. The Museum of the Mountain Man is run by the Sublette County Historical Society and was established in 1990 in Pinedale, Wyoming. More than fifteen thousand artifacts are held by the Historical Society that range.
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The Historical Society holds a vast number of artifacts, the collection of the Museum includes several period-correct artifacts from the fur-trade period, but most cannot be linked directly to the mountain men. Some of the artifacts that can be attributed to mountain men include Jim Bridger’s rifle and archaeological parts from the Fort Bonneville Site. The Historical Society was able to obtain original fur-trade papers to expand the genuine artifact assemblage and better interpret the fur-trade in the Rocky Mountains.
Wyoming’s mountain man heritage highlights the kinship it’s resident have with the adventurous men that chose to seek their fortune in the harsh remote environment of the Rocky Mountains.
The Museum of the Mountain Man offers several exhibits for visitors who wish to explore the mountain man heritage of Wyoming.
A Day in the Life: Time Traveling Through Pinedale, Wyoming- Visitors are taken on a journey through time to the year 1890 in Pinedale. From 1890, the exhibit moves through the timeline of Pinedale up until 1970. The city’s past is displayed with steampunk type graphics and historic objects and clothing from the collections.
Jim Bridger’s Rifle- Louis Vasquez gave Jim Bridger this forty caliber half-stock rifle in 1853, that was engraved with his name and the date. The reason for the gift is unknown currently. The rifle is of the percussion plains variety and is bored .403 Caliber. It boasts a pewter fore-end cap, a “plains” type trigger guard, brass trim, a hickory ramrod, and an HT Cooper back-action lock. One of it’s most unusual features is the stock that was constructed with two cheekpieces. It was made by W. Ogden from Owego New-York.
The Rocky Mountain Fur Trade- This exhibit provides visitors with a broad view of the Rocky Mountain Fur Trade, particularly the trade in the Green River Valley from 1820 to 1840. The displays in this exhibit include trapper’s equipment, flintlock and percussion guns from the late eighteenth to early nineteenth century, a Rendezvous Scene diorama, and tools, equipment, and barter goods used during the fur trade period. Visitors will find numerous animal mounts of the species fur traders and mountain men came across in the Rocky Mountains. Paintings and sculptures inspired by the mountain men compliment the displays of artifacts.
Hugh Glass Diorama- The diorama depicts Hugh Glass and his encounter with the mother grizzly bear. Glass is famous for becoming one of the gruffest mountain man during his life. History portrays Glass as a legend in fur trade on the Rocky Mountains, and Hollywood brought him to life in a realistic depiction of western American life.
Shoshone Sheephorn Bow- This exhibit displays the most powerful short bow in Native American Horse Culture. Sheep horn bows were wrapped and backed with sinew to increase recoil and strength. They were considered to be prized possessions. The bow on display is one of the oldest bows that has been authenticated and was made with stone tools. It was made between 1690 and 1730 and is about thirty-four inches long.
Chief American Horse Warrior Society Tipi, C. 1876- The life-size replica of the American Horse tipi is one of the major highlights of the museum. The tipi is twenty feet around, and made from buffalo hide. It is decorated with reproduction objects that were typical of the Native American tribe in the time period. Visitors will enjoy using the tipi as the backdrop for their family photos.
Vernon and Virginia Delgado Winchester Commemorative Collection- Vernon Delgado’s collection of repeating rifles was acquired over decades and was donated to the museum in 2008. It includes more than one hundred repeating rifles along with shotguns, pistols, and revolvers. Several of these guns are quite rare and have never been shot.
The museum offers special events annually.
Living History- This event allows visitors to learn from demonstrations and lectures how the Mountain Main Lived. It includes stations on Native American sign language, firearms using black powder, skinning beavers, building tipis and shelters, and bartering goods.
Green River Rendezvous Days- The museum hosts this event annually in the second weekend of July. It is four days of events and activities that teach about the life the Mountain Man.
700 E. Hennick Pinedale, WY 82941, Phone: 307-367-4101