“Heart Moutnain, Japanese-AMerican Confinement.”

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I love history, and consider myself an amateur historian of American History. So when I entered the Cody Wy visitors center to see what the area has to offer, my interest was sparked to learn of a nearby Japanese confinement center.

I was eager to tour the site located 12-miles northeast of Cody Wy and with the directions downloaded into the GPS, I was on the property before they opened.
I drove past the main building towards the walking tour memorial above the main building where I captured the photos below.

I walked towards the American flag where names were displayed identify the 750 Japanese-American soldiers who served during WWII. Nearby another plaque honors the names of 15- service members who died during the war from the confinement location. This confinement camp held over 10,500 Japanese-Americans mostly from the west coast of America.

As I walked, I met three Japanese-American…

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The 1828 Sweet Lake (Bear Lake) Rendezvous

Love history and especially that of Bear Lake, Utah/Idaho

Bear Lake Rendezvous

“None of the mountain rendezvous has (sic) been more obscure than the gathering of 1828.”
~Dale Morganmural14-large

Phillip Covington was born in North Carolina on December 1803. He moved to Kentucky, where he became a school teacher.  Then, at the age of 23, he left his Kentucky home for the far western edge of Missouri.

Fast forward to 1879: Covington wrote a manuscript about his adventures in the mountains for the Greeley Colorado Sun. His lively account is quite informative and provides a lot of “new” information about the Rocky Mountain fur trade, fills in gaps, corrects assumptions and tells us more than we ever knew about the 1828 Sweetwater Rendezvous.

william subletteCovington relates that William Sublette arrived in Lexington on September 15, 1827 with a train of pack mules, laden with beaver, to meet William Ashley’s party from St. Louis, who had several wagon loads of goods and groceries ready…

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The First Laketown Area Fur Traders Rendezvous

Bear Lake Rendezvous

rendezvousdepiction1William Ashley hired Hiram Scott and 46-60 men to take the supply caravan to the 1827 rendezvous. The caravan left St. Louis on April 12, 1827.rendezvousdepiction2

The pack train, with supplies, was valued at $22,447. The 1827 Sweet (Bear) Lake Rendezvous was the first where rum appeared on the list of trade goods.

The men accompanying this pack train were paid $110 for one year of service. Hiram Scott become ill, and he was abandoned. His body was found three years later near Scott’s Bluff, Nebraska.

canon copy-1240A four-pounder cannon, the first wheeled vehicle ever taken into the mountains, was part of this caravan. The route traversed the Platte River, then along the North Platte River and finally across South Pass – the eastern part of the Oregon Trail.  Jed Smith Image 6 - MapIt is thought the group arrived in late June.  They were definitely on site by July 3rd, greeted by Mountain Men…

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Old Ephraim

Bear Lake Rendezvous

loganTucked away in the fertile Cache Valley of northern Utah, and less than an hour away from The Bear Lake Rendezvous, lies the agricultural college community of Logan. It was here that trappers scurried through the surrounding mountains and valleys hunting beaver and other fur-bearing animals. They “cached” their pelts in secretive locations then “cashed” in their bootie at the yearly “Vous.”zenasleonardmonument

Zenas Leonard describes the following encounter between two trappers and a grizzly bear in September of 1831 while trapping along the Laramie River:laramieriver “They had meandered the creek till they came to beaver dams, where they set their traps and turned their horses out to pasture; and were busily engaged in constructing a camp to pass the night in, when they discovered, at a short distance off, a tremendously large Grizzly Bear,oldephraimencounter rushing upon them at a furious rate. They immediately sprang to their rifles which were standing against…

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Share Your World

Share Your World – January 23, 2017

Do you prefer juice or fruit?

I am a Nutri- Bullet fan. I love the fruit/vegetable cocktail that you can create. I also like Cranberry Juice and Pineapple Juice from the store. Fresh fruits…there are not many I like having around but bananas and apples are my favorite.

Did you grow up in a small or big town? Did you like it?

I was born in Wyoming…Billy Creek was the place I spent my first 8 years of my childhood. It was located clear out in the country…30 miles from any town. So playing by the creek, eating watercress and just enjoying the outdoors was wonderful. Then we moved to the big city of Salt Lake City, Utah…did not like it there…we were only there for a short time and then my parents bought a house in Clearfield, Utah. It was a small town and I did enjoy it but missed my pet raccoon and dog we had to leave behind in Wyoming.  My best memories are from Wyoming.

If you were to paint a picture of your childhood, what colors would you use?

I didn’t have the greatest childhood. A lot of ups and downs. Good and bad. Could have been much worse so I am thankful for what the Lord gave me. I would have to paint some blue sky and sunshine yellow for the most part with shadows of browns for the low times. Throw in some wild flowers of all colors for the good times. My life has made me….ME. I like ME…. 🙂

Ways to Relax List: Make a list of what relaxes you and helps you feel calm.

I have a tendency to have anxiety issues…they are not fun but music and petting my cat helps. Going outside with my camera and taking pictures takes it completely away…I love the outdoors….so peaceful. Right now I have the winter blues…going to the pool and sitting in the hot tub is very relaxing. I wish I lived by the ocean because the sound of the waves and gulls soothes me. I wish I had a mate………….having someone who loves you and sharing in life I believe would cure my anxiety….LOL….but God hasn’t opened that door yet.

Optional Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up? 

I am grateful for my life. Every day I wake up healthy and thank the Lord for bringing me to this wonderful town….this beautiful home that I bought….family here…new friends. Next week I am looking forward to more sunshine and less snow…making new friends…


The Daily Post’s Writing Prompt ~ It’s A Dirty Job

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In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Mouth Drop.”

In exactly 100 words creatively describe one moment when your mouth dropped open, chin hit the ground, and tears rolled down your face (figuratively or not). If you prefer to develop this into a longer post, that’s fine too!

I had seen the past years the dreaded “dog catchers” going around picking up “our” dogs (meaning we the people) and I cursed them. I prayed they did not exist. I hated control and being manipulated….told I had to get my dog a rabies shot. I had to license my dog. I had to keep my dog home in our own yard. That we should spay and neuter our dogs. Then they went to doing it with CATS! How absurd!

I lived in a small town. Large County. It consisted more of farmers and ranchers than anything really. Good jobs were…

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