May 1-Sept 30
Daily 9 am-5 pm
9 am-4 pm
10 am-4 pm
$4 Senior Citizens
(6-12 years old)
The Museum of the Mountain Man has a comprehensive
collection of Rocky Mountain fur trade era artifacts
including those of the American Indian as well as
the Mountain Man. A section downstairs also highlights
the settlement era of Sublette County. The following
list is just a highlight of what the Museum has on
|Chief American Horse Warrior
Society Tipi, c. 1876 -
American Historian and Ethnologist, Michael "Bad Hand"
Terry, has been a regular speaker at the Museum for many
years giving living history demonstrations and displaying
his Plains Indian Encampment. His lectures are free to the
public and give an overview of life of the Plains Indians
in the 1800s. Michael's 20' diameter, brain-tanned buffalo
hide tipi is the newest exhibit to the Museum. This is one
of the few buffalo-hide tipis in existence today, and one
of only two on display in museums. This display comes complete
with furnishings, buffalo robes, utility bags, hand-painted
drum, parfleches, headdresses, buffalo bull neck shield,
bow and arrows, elaborately pained buffalo hide liner, war
lance, pipes, Indian kitchen, and much more. This exhibit
is a donation from Gayle McMurry Kinnison through her Wyoming
Community Donor Advised Endowment.
Jim Bridger's Rifle - In 1853, Louis Vasquez,
a good friend and business partner of mountain man
Jim Bridger had a .40 caliber half-stock rifle engraved
"J.Bridger 1853" and presented it to Jim for reasons
unknown. Perhaps it had something to do with their
long business association or possibly it was due to
the fact that 1853 was indeed a turning point in Jim
Bridger's life. After Bridger's death, the rifle was
held as part of a private Buffalo Bill collection.
The gun was sold several times at auctions until it
found its permanent home in the Museum of the Mountain
Man in 1988.
Shoshone Sheephorn Bow - The most powerful short bow
of the Native American horse culture, sheephorn bows
were backed and wrapped with sinew for increased strength
and recoil. Such a bow was a prized possession. This
specimen is one of the oldest authenticated, and was
probably made using stone tools. It dates to 1690
- 1730 and is approximately 34 inches long.
Trapper Statue - Greeting visitors at the front of the main gallery is this Trapper statue. Artist Jim McNealey of Eugene, Ore. and Bondurant, Wyo. presented the statue to the museum in 1995 to honor his father George McNealey and his life long friend Richard Hecox, who made his home in the Upper Green River Valley. The 800 pound, 10 ft tall statue is carved out of a huge solid chunk of wood and his head & hands are cast bronze.
American Indian Clothes and Artifacts - When the Mountain Men came to the Rocky Mountains, they entered a world occupied by American Indians for thousands of years. Tribes such as Shoshone, Crow, Arapaho, Ute, Blackfeet and many other were an integral part of the fur trade era. The Museum has gathered a large collection of American Indian artifacts including tools, weapons, clothes as well trade goods that were typical of the Rocky Mountain fur trade era.
Mountain Man Camp - The American Mountain
Men, formed in the 1970's, are a group of individuals
dedicated to the research and study of the history,
traditions, tools, mode of living, etc., of the trappers,
explorers, and traders known as the Mountain Men.
This research includes academic research, but is focused
heavily on experiencing and trying the authentic ways
of the Mountain Man. This year the AMM have setup
a traditional Mountain Man Camp scene including a
winter dressed Mountain Man.
The Vernon and Virginia Commemorative Winchester
Arms Collection -
The Delgado Collection includes over 100 commemorative
Winchester repeating rifles, as well as shotguns,
revolvers and pistols. Vernon and Virginia Delgado
generously donated this beautiful collection to the
Museum of the Mountain Man in 2008. Vernon Delgado,
a member of the Winchester Arms Collectors Association,
collected and acquired these weapons over a lifetime.
Many of the guns are rare, limited-edition pieces
that have never been fired. These guns are in superb
condition and are displayed in beautiful oak and
glass cabinets. Winchester Commemoratives were first
introduced in 1964, with the Wyoming Diamond Jubilee.
Each Commemorative was issued to specifically honor
a significant and/or historical person, group, event
or institution relating to U.S. or Canadian history.
The full commemorative gun collection includes the
Wyoming Centennial and Sublette County Commemorative
|Archiac Camp – Who were the people
who lived here 6,000 years ago and why were they here? -
Archaeologists have uncovered a significant amount of evidence
of people living
in the Upper Green River Valley
5,000 to 7,000 years ago during the "Archaic" time
period. In the 15 years of the gas boom from 1995 to 2010,
archaeologists documented more than 5,500 cultural sites including
surface sites, rock alignments, bone beds, animal sites and
ancient game processing areas. Sublette County has one of the
densest areas of known house pit sites in the state of Wyoming,
many of which date to the Archaic periods 3,000 to 7,000 years
ago. The house pits include post holes which are evidence of
support poles used for the shelters people made when they were
out on the area south of Pinedale. It is unknown how long these
shelters were used, and if they were temporary or longer-term
living structures. It is also not known exactly what they looked
like, if they used straight tipi-like poles for a conical lodge
or bent poles to create a rounded top, hut-like structure.
The Sublette County Historical Society has created a 3-D best-guess
representation of what one of these houses might have looked
like, based on the archaeological evidence. The display, along
with many pictures, is located downstairs in the
Museum of the Mountain Man.
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Museum of the Mountain Man
Sublette County Historical Society Inc
PO Box 909 700 E Hennick Pinedale, WY 82941
Phone: 307-367-4101 Fax: 307-367-6768
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