2017 Rocky Mountain Fur Trade Journal, Volume 11


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 Paperback, 8 x 11

ISBN 978-0-9973143-1-1

Copyright 2017 – Sublette County Historical Society

11th annual, open submission, peer review, scholarly publication from the Museum of the Mountain Man




The Henry & Ashley Fur Company Keelboat Enterprize                                                                      

by Clay Landry and Jim Hardee                                                                                                                

Navigation of the dangerous and unpredictable Missouri River claimed many lives and thousands of dollars in trade goods in the early 1800s, including the HAC’s Enterprize.            

Two well-known fur trade historians detail the keelboat’s misfortune, Ashley’s resourceful response, and a possible location of the wreck.

More than Just a Rock: the Manufacture of Gunflints                                                                      

by Michael P. Shaubs  

For centuries, trappers and traders relied on dependable gunflints for defense, hunting, and commerce. This article describes the qualities of a superior gunflint and chronicles the revolution of a stone-age craft into an important industry.

The Hudson’s Bay Company and the “Youtah” Country, 1825-41                                                  

by Dale Topham    

The vast reach of the Hudson’s Bay Company extended to the Ute Indian territory in the latter years of the Rocky Mountain rendezvous period, as pressure increased from American trappers crossing the Continental Divide.

Otholoho and Grohean: Two Fast horses, One Set of Tracks

By Jerry Enzler

A story of two race horses whose tracks might have merged – one stead the pride of William Drummond Stewart, the other the favorite of Jim Bridger.

Traps: the Common Denominator                                                                                                          

by James A. Hanson, PhD.

The portable steel trap, an exponential improvement over snares, spears, nets, and earlier steel traps, revolutionized trapping in North America. Eminent scholar James A. Hanson tracks the evolution of the technology and its deployment by Euro-Americans and Indians.

Bad Pass Trail: Gateway between the Wind and Yellowstone Rivers                                            

by Mike Bryant

This 30-mile corridor, in use since prehistoric times, connects two important watersheds and provides a detour around the 1,000-foot-deep Big Horn Canyon. Use of the trail by mountain men is documented from 1805 through the end of the rendezvous era.




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Dimensions 11 × 8 × 1.25 in