National Park Service

The Great American Landmarks Adventure
Upper Green River Rendezvous
We traded with each other in networks across a vast continent.

Step into our time machine!

Upper Green River
Rendezvous Site


After the Lewis and Clark Expedition of 1804, other Americans ventured into the mountains west of the Missouri River. Kit Carson, Jim Bridger, and Jedediah Smith are three of these "Mountain Men" you might already know. Together with Indian tribes in the area, they began to develop fur trapping and trading businesses. In turn, the fur trading networks linked the region and its peoples to an expanding world economy. A rendezvous was a bustling and colorful camp set up at a special place--this one was at the junction of Horse Creek and Green Rivers. Traders, including Indians and Mountain Men, met once a year between 1824 and 1840 to exchange their furs for goods such as factory-made cloth and metal pots, pans, and utensils that came from St. Louis in great caravans. Each rendezvous lasted from a few days to several weeks.

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