Fort Laramie and Fur Trade Days

From 1820 to the early 1840s the fur trade was king in the mountain west. Furs were money in the west and money brought men searching for it. It was a wild, exciting and dangerous life. A chance for riches and a chance to never come back.

Last weekend was the annual, Fur Trade Day’s, at Fort Laramie. Several reenactor’s with some wonderful displays and great knowledge of the trapping era took part. I fear this period of time in American History is being washed away with newer history.

The great days of the fur trade lasted but two decades and a few years. Changing fashions and Gold in the west ended the Mountain Man era – too early for me. 
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