1825 - First Green River Rendezvous

      When Thomas Fitzpatrick told William Ashley he had found South Pass, Ashley returned with him and divided his bands of trappers into different groups and sent them off in various directions from Green River with instructions to return to the mouth of the Henry's Fork at the beginning of July, where he would meet them with provisions for the following winter.  Most kept that date, and this would be the first of the famous trappers' rendezvous held in the vicinity of the Green River until the beaver trade fizzled out fifteen years later. 

Mountain Men

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        On their return to Washington in 1806, Lewis and Clark told their countrymen that there was so much beaver in western waters that the supply was virtually limitless and could never be exhausted.  The 'beaver men' of the various fur companies wiped out that limitless supply in less than twenty years.  That, and the popularity of oriental silk among European haberdashers, brought the era of the mountain man to a sudden end.  Not coinincidentally, that bygone era gave way to the era of the west bound settler and homesteader with nary a pause.