Step back in time to the 1800’s in the Northwest by attending the Cascade Mountain Men’s annual Muzzle Loading Arms and Pioneer Craft Tradeshow this weekend, March 11 & 12, 2017 at the Evergreen State Fairgrounds in Monroe, Washington.
This annual event is the largest of it kind, with more than 300 traders, exhibitors, and craftspeople from across the West, some as far away as Tennessee. They have brought their arms, trade goods, arts, crafts, and supplies to this show that celebrates and commemorates the Fur Trade and America’s westward expansion, Colonial America & Civil War periods.
Here you will find traditional (pre-1840) Muzzle Loading firearms (original, custom and production replicas, gun building kits). Plus custom parts, accessories, and supplies. Come talk to custom gun builders and learn about their craft.
There will also be Leather & Fur Goods – Period Clothing and Camping Gear – Early & Native American Crafts – Primitive Archery – Trade Goods – Craft Supplies – Beads – Art – Historical and How-to Books. Bring the kids and make it a history lesson for the day. Ages 12 and under are admitted FREE. All minors under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.
Mountain men were most common in the North American Rocky Mountains from about 1810 through to the 1880s (with a peak population in the early 1840s). Approximately 3,000 mountain men ranged the mountains between 1820 and 1840, the peak beaver-harvesting period. While there were many free trappers, most mountain men were employed by major fur companies. The life of a company man was almost militarized. The men had mess groups, hunted and trapped in brigades and always reported to the head of the trapping party. This man was called a “boosway”, a bastardization of the French term bourgeois. He was the leader of the brigade and the head trader.
Mountain men were instrumental in opening up the various Emigrant Trails (widened into wagon roads) allowing Americans in the east to settle the new territories of the far west by organized wagon trains traveling over roads explored and in many cases, physically improved by the mountain men and the big fur companies originally to serve the mule train based inland fur trade.
Get off the Couch! Get outfitted for a Rendezvous! Show hours are: Saturday, March 11 from 9 am to 5 pm and Sunday, March 12 from 9 am to 3 pm.
Admission for everyone 13 and older is $8 per day. Children 12 and under are admitted FREE. Under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.
The Evergreen State Fairgrounds are located at: 14405 179th Ave SE, Monroe, WA 98272 and the event is held in the Gary D. Weikel Events Center.
For more information about the Cascade Mountain Men, go to: www.cascademountainmen.com