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Platte Valley Historical Society
Rebuilding the Past - For the Future
May 14, 2013
The Tallow River Trappers is the living history branch of the South Platte Valley
Historical Society. Although the TRT supports and coordinates its activities with
the South Platte Valley Historical Society, the organization has its own officers,
funding and newsletter, the "Dispatch".
In the Cheyenne language, the South Platte River was known as the Tallow River. For
Indians and trappers alike, tallow was synonymous with good eating and therefore
good times. The South Platte River with its abundance of buffalo, grassy plains,
and mild climate, was indeed the "Tallow" River.
While at rendezvous it is a regularl practice (but certainly not required) of many
of the participants to share their fixin's one evening for a group potluck. In the
evening there is sitting around the campfire, trading stories and lies. Often times
one or more folks will bring out their guitars or fiddles and there will be singing
and making merry till well into the evening.
Each rendezvous features a "Traders Row" where traders sell replica and hand made
goods of the type used by fur trappers and mountain men. For the more adventurous,
who want to experience mountain life first hand, there are traders that can outfit
you with everything you need from clothing and shelter to cooking utensils.
Whether you are interested in becoming a participant, or just want to observe, feel
welcome to come and experience the excitement of seeing history come to life at these
reenactments of the times of the mountain man.