2024 Rocky Mountain Fur Trade Journal, Volume 18


An annual academic peer-reviewed publication intended to further the knowledge and discussion of the Rocky Mountain fur trade era and provide an avenue for researchers to showcase their work.

Full Color, perfect bound, 8 x 11 inches, 196 pages
ISBN: 979-8-9855361-3-3

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2024 Rocky Mountain Fur Trade Journal, Volume 18

Three Early J. & S. Hawken Presentation Rifles
by Nathan E. Bender, Robert A. Tetro, and Daniel W. Phariss
The story of a trio of remarkable weapons that helped define the craft of these famous
gun makers.

Packing Fur: A Pressing Matter
by Jim Hardee
The preparation of beaver hides for transportation to fur markets included compacting
bulky stacks into more manageable bales.

Who’s Buried in Pinckney’s Tomb? The Two Deaths of Pinckney Sublette
by Carol Kuhn
The struggle to settle elder brother William Sublette’s estate drags Pinckney into the
middle of a decades-long legal battle to determine if he was the last survivor, whose
heirs stand to make millions.

The Cost of a Hide Lodge
by Bradley C. Bailey
This article breaks down the cost to purchase a tipi during the fur trade period, in terms
of dollars, as well as trade goods.

Chief’s Coats, Capotes, and Calico: Clothing Traded at Fort Hall – 1834 to 1837
by Clay J. Landry
This article describes the operation of the Fort Hall tailor shop, an innovative enterprise
of the entrepreneurial Nathaniel Wyeth.

Governor Simpson and the HBC Snake River Brigades: 1818 to 1846
by John C. Jackson
A critical review of how Hudson’s Bay Company Governor George Simpson micro-
managed trapping brigades in the Pacific Northwest and Snake River Country.

Three Worlds Meet, Interpreting the 1837 Rendezvous with Alfred Jacob Miller: From
Pencil Sketches to Live Theatrical Performances
By James C. Auld

Founded in 2011, Three Worlds Meet was eventually staged in Wyoming, Scotland and
Ireland. It used artwork by Alfred Jacob Miller in tableaux vivant format to demonstrate
the collaborations of trappers, Native Americans, and higher-class Euro-Americans at
rendezvous and throughout the mountains.

In Memoriam: Fred R. Gowans (1936-2023)
by Jay H. Buckley