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Jul 23, 2021

Rendezvous Wyoming

Sherry and Marshall explain how the mountain men blazed the trails for early pioneers and the settling of the American West.

Some were members of the Lewis and Clark expedition, while other were simple hunters searching for beaver. We're talking about the Beaver fur was highly sought after for making men's hats and other items.

After they were hunted to near extinction and silk replaced the beaver fur, the mountain men led the pioneers to the Pacific Coast.

Sherry and Marshall talk about some of the men, the dangers, whiskey and trading, and the rendezvous (pictured).

This show's lagniappe:


Whiskey Toddy

Serves 1

1/2 teaspoon sugar

1 teaspoon water

1–2 ice cubes

1 wine glass of whiskey (6 ounces)

Place sugar in a whiskey glass and add the water. Stir to dissolve and then add the ice. Pour the whiskey into the glass and stir. Note: The original recipe instructions read, “The most proper way for the bartender is to dissolve the sugar into the water only, and leave a spoon in the glass, hand out the bottle of whiskey to the customer to help himself.”


Source: Adapted from Harry Johnson’s New and Improved Illustrated Bartender’s Manual, 1882


Your Hosts:


To learn more about Sherry Monahan and her books, visit her website

To learn more about Marshall Trimble and his work, visit his website.

Experience History:


Museum of the Mountain Man, Pinedale, Wyoming

Fort Bridger State Park, Fort Bridger, Wyoming


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