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Finally after decades of yearning, a visit to the Museum of the Fur Trade in Chadron, Nebraska happened this week. For the especially curious, Chadron is pronounced “Shad-ren.” For a long time I was curious about this, I must now admit. Aside from getting the answer locally on how to say Chadron, I spent an afternoon inside the Museum of the Fur Trade there. Wow, what an amazing collection they have. Anyone interested in Muzzleloading, early western history, frontier history, trapping, Indian history, frontier weapons, etc will find many things of compelling interest there. My wife is not a shooter or hunter, but she was quite satisfied to spend her time there among the samples of period clothing and fabrics.
 

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The museum has at least five original Hawken guns, including a double barreled shotgun and a percussion pistol. They also have an original Folsom rifle, which looks exactly like the Little Bat Folsom rifle at the now closed (for lack of workers) Fort Robinson Museum about forty miles west. This Folsom has the exact trademark butt plate that gunmaker Mark Wheland so exactingly replicated for my own version of the Little Bat rifle.
 

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Love the label on the relic rifle...
"Relic Indian North West gun sold by the American Fur Company; found in the Black Hills with the skeletons of a man and a bear."

Sounds like Hatchet Jack.

I'm really going to have to make a trip up there.
It certainly caught my eye! Wow, what a sight it must have been to find this.
 

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Great photos! Thanks.
I’m glad people on this website are enjoying these pictures. I’ll post some more. I actually took most of these with this website in mind. A lot of bp shooters yearn for authenticity in their guns, accoutrements, etc and here it is, on full display. Authentic American frontier everything.
 
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The museum has at least five original Hawken guns, including a double barreled shotgun and a percussion pistol. They also have an original Folsom rifle, which looks exactly like the Little Bat Folsom rifle at the now closed (for lack of workers) Fort Robinson Museum about forty miles west. This Folsom has the exact trademark butt plate that gunmaker Mark Wheland so exactingly replicated for my own version of the Little Bat rifle.
What ‘Little Bat’ rifle. I’m thinking that’s a personal name but I’ve not heard of him/it.
Not knowing the maker ‘Folsom(?) I would have bet that gun a Leman, you copied it? Start a thread and give us some photos please.
 

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What ‘Little Bat’ rifle. I’m thinking that’s a personal name but I’ve not heard of him/it.
Not knowing the maker ‘Folsom(?) I would have bet that gun a Leman, you copied it? Start a thread and give us some photos please.

A couple followup posts were done about the charge development and a critter taken with it.
 

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Probably 99.8% of the members here enjoyed the movie The Revenant. One of the more recent additions to the museum are some distinctive items used in the movie.
 

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Some black powder related stuff
 

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I've been to Fort Robinson and Chadron several times but for one reason or another I've never made it to the Museum of the Fur Trade. I need to rectify that some day soon.

Fort Robinson is great, we enjoy camping there as a family. There are actually a few museums on the grounds, covering time periods from prehistoric mammoth fossils, to the Indian wars, to the Fort's final days as a POW camp in WWII. There's a monument at the spot where Crazy Horse was killed and Native Americans often leave gifts of tobacco there.
 

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The tag over the knife has an interesting statement about the myth of green river knives.
Good eye! I also was struck by that message. Made me wonder about all the articles I’ve read over the years. The museum has a lot of knives from the 1700s through the 1950s, and the subject could be a master’s thesis for some interesting history student.
 

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I've been to Fort Robinson and Chadron several times but for one reason or another I've never made it to the Museum of the Fur Trade. I need to rectify that some day soon.

Fort Robinson is great, we enjoy camping there as a family. There are actually a few museums on the grounds, covering time periods from prehistoric mammoth fossils, to the Indian wars, to the Fort's final days as a POW camp in WWII. There's a monument at the spot where Crazy Horse was killed and Native Americans often leave gifts of tobacco there.
We were surprised at the large number of buildings and wayside exhibits at Fort Robinson. Unfortunately the main museum is closed: “Thank you for your inquiry into the hours at Fort Robinson, due to staffing shortage the museum at Fort Robinson is closed for the season and will reopen May 2023. Apologies for the inconvenience.”
 

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