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Mountain Man Encampment Planned At Headwaters State Park


Fri Jun 19 00:00:00 MDT 1998

Headwaters State Park at Three Forks, one of the focal points of Montana's early history, will be the site of a fur-trade era encampment July 25-26, 1998.

With the centennial celebration of the Lewis and Clark expedition rapidly approaching, public interest in the early history of Montana is increasing. The Headwaters encampment is proposed to become an annual event leading up to the Lewis and Clark centennial and timed to coincide with the Corps of Discovery's arrival at the Three Forks of the Missouri River in 1805.

Re-enactors at this year's encampment will demonstrate pre-1840s artifacts, tents, equipment, clothing and mode of living in the wilderness during the fur-trade era. The highlight of the encampment will be a black powder shoot on Saturday, June 25. Members of the Bridger Mountain Men black powder club will demonstrate rifle and pistol shooting, as well as knife and tomahawk throwing. Shoot registration for members and guests begins at 9:00 a.m., with the shoot beginning at 10:00 a.m. Members of the public are welcome to watch.

On Saturday evening, an informal campfire session will take place, with period music and stories of the fur-trade era.

Sunday events include displays of period artifacts and equipment, and will present the opportunity for one-on-one discussions between re-enactors and the public.

For additional information on the upcoming encampment and shoot, contact Dennis Flath at 994-6354 (days) or 587-0866 (evenings).