The 1st Rendezvous site on Green River.

Ashley initiated the Rendezvous as a once a year gathering place to supply his fur trappers with goods in return for the trapper’s furs. It was found  profitable to haul supplies to the traders in the West, making it possible for the trappers to avoid the long trip to St. Louis to sell  their furs.


The Nelson-Atkins Museum in Kansas City Missouri presents in their new American Indian Art Gallery the Bank of America collection of Alfred Jacob Miller's paintings from the 1837 Fur Trade Rendezvous. The exhibit will run from September 25, 2010 to January 9, 2011.


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Alfred Miller's painting of William Stewart. Steward, who sought his own adventure in the American West, asked Miller to accompany him on an expedition in 1837. 

Steward wanted the artist to document one of the American frontier’s most exciting gatherings of white and native people - the annual Fur Trade Rendezvous, which in 1837 was located on the Green River in present day western Wyoming.

Subsequently, Miller became famous for his depictions of western inhabitants in the early nineteenth century. Miller captured in his paintings a realistic yet romantic vision of Mountain men and Native Americans interacting at the Rendezvous on the Green River. There are few journals or diaries of participants who attended the 1837 Rendezvous; Miller’s sketches and paintings are a valuable contribution that document one of the last Fur Trade gatherings in the American history.


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Buck Conner

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