In 1837, wealthy Scots nobleman William Drummond Stewart entered the studio of young artist Alfred Jacob Miller. After lingering over a painting, he offered a compliment and departed.
Soon after the nobleman hired Miller as expedition artist for a journey to the 1837 fur trade rendezvous located near present day Pinedale.
Here beaver pelts and buffalo robes were traded for supplies, trinkets, and watered-down alcohol.
The annual event was a great meeting of cultures and a time for horse racing, spectacle, games, wagers, and story-telling. Miller described it as "a grand carouse…"
Today, Miller's sketches and paintings give us the only eye-witness visual account of the rendezvous period of the Rocky Mountain fur trade.
Learn more at UW's American Heritage Center.