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I'm 72 now and retired. In about 2-3 years I need to start "thinning my herd" as they say. LOL I have an original Northwest Trade Fusil that was likely purchased in St. Louis, MO during the period. And I'm thinking the Museum is where it should go (belong). What do you guys think ?

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The museum is filled with donated items. Including some very valuable things like guns, knives, flags. If I were to donate something of value to any museum, it would be on the condition that it remain on site and in their sole possession for at least twenty five years. So that you don’t make a donation that the recipient turns into cash, at your expense. Many small museums have gone under, selling their collections haphazardly. I’d want to protect myself. But yes, this museum is a very good and logical place to donate a period fusil. you’re a good man for even considering this.
 

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Do you have photos of the items used in The Revenant movie? Thank you for posting the museum pictures, this is interesting.
Wish I had. Unfortunately I did not take pictures of the clothes donated by The Revenant movie. They were carefully woven of period materials using historically accurate weaving. My wife spent several minutes studying the garments, but I had moved on to some other array of weapons
 

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More pics if you have them. Or put them up in a Google drive and just post a link…easier for everyone (assuming my 11 year old is here to help me open it…)
Good question. I’ll look for more. Because Google has become the most evil company in the world, I have nothing to do with them and I don’t knowingly use their products. So no Google drive. So any additional photos will get posted here. Lemme rummage around in my possibles bag of an iPhone here a minute
 

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I'm 72 now and retired. In about 2-3 years I need to start "thinning my herd" as they say. LOL I have an original Northwest Trade Fusil that was likely purchased in St. Louis, MO during the period. And I'm thinking the Museum is where it should go (belong). What do you guys think ?

Rick
Look up the word Deaccessioning before you donate. Had a friend whose collection went for 4.5 million. A lot came from museums.
 

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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.
I'll second sleepingbulldog's comment on Fort Robinson State Park. It's in the Pine Hills area of Nebraska and it's the heart of Oglala territory. I'd also recommend a trip to Agate Fossil Beds south of there to view the thy Tee collection Miocene era fossils and also view the items donated by Chief Red Cloud to Capt James Cook, who owned the ranch. Easily a full day.
 

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I'll second sleepingbulldog's comment on Fort Robinson State Park. It's in the Pine Hills area of Nebraska and it's the heart of Oglala territory. I'd also recommend a trip to Agate Fossil Beds south of there to view the thy Tee collection Miocene era fossils and also view the items donated by Chief Red Cloud to Capt James Cook, who owned the ranch. Easily a full day.
Right on. There’s the Oglala Grasslands right up the road. They are supposed to represent much of what the native prairie looked like before cattle grazing. There’s the Toad Stool site also right up the road from Fort Robinson. And if you keep going north there’s much more, including Mount Rushmore and the sacred Black Hills. That NW corner of Nebraska over into South Dakota and southwestern Wyoming has a bunch of frontier forts (Fort Laramie), fossil beds, Oregon Trail wagon ruts, etc etc Easily a solid week of visiting just that relatively small area. Just don’t forget to drive in via Route 2 and out via Rt 20 to Sioux Falls and then south. Spectacular scenery
 
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The museum is filled with donated items. Including some very valuable things like guns, knives, flags. If I were to donate something of value to any museum, it would be on the condition that it remain on site and in their sole possession for at least twenty five years. So that you don’t make a donation that the recipient turns into cash, at your expense. Many small museums have gone under, selling their collections haphazardly. I’d want to protect myself. But yes, this museum is a very good and logical place to donate a period fusil. you’re a good man for even considering this.
Thanks so much for your reply. And a very good point you make. My first thought was to donate it to the Museum of Westward Expansion here in St. Louis where I live. And there is a good chance this gun was originally purchased/traded here during the original period. But this museum is run by the "City". (Democrat run for 60+ years). Maybe I'm over-worried (?) It just seems the Museum of Fur Trade might be a better fit.

I was able to identify this gun with the help of many members on this Forum with more knowledge in this area than myself. It was a long and interesting Thread to uncover a mystery. I can probably post the original Thread here if anyone's interested. Thanks again for your input.

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Thanks so much for your reply. And a very good point you make. My first thought was to donate it to the Museum of Westward Expansion here in St. Louis where I live. And there is a good chance this gun was originally purchased/traded here during the original period. But this museum is run by the "City". (Democrat run for 60+ years). Maybe I'm over-worried (?) It just seems the Museum of Fur Trade might be a better fit.

I was able to identify this gun with the help of many members on this Forum with more knowledge in this area than myself. It was a long and interesting Thread to uncover a mystery. I can probably post the original Thread here if anyone's interested. Thanks again for your input.

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Rick, all of the Hawken guns and the one Folsom on display at the Museum of the Fur Trade were made in St Louis. Your gun would be in good, familiar company
 
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Well this is a most interesting post , thanks for all the photos . I wonder at the size of the Beaver traps , I'd think the trapper would be hard pressed to carry more than half a dozen , and then on a pack horse or mule .
Museums often want provenance before they will accept an item for display . I'd want to make sure I got a proper receipt, all itemized , described , signed for on headed paper , before I handed anything to a museum . I am not implying any dishonesty by the Museum of the Fur Trade , but I have seen personal "collections" made by museum staff who took home double ups and rare and interesting firearms ,
 

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Really great photos, hope to get there one day. Thanks.
I was thinking of the people on this website when I took the pictures. Glad you like them, because that was my one time out there. From the east coast I suppose a person can fly into Cheyenne or Casper Wyoming, rent a car, and then it’s only a few hours driving. Not too difficult. And there’s so so much more out there to see and experience that such a narrowly focused trip would be worth doing.
 
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I've thought about visiting the museum, and it only is a 4-5 hour drive from my home in Colorado, but haven't yet gone. Your posts here and photographs have convinced me. I am going before Winter sets in! Thank you!
 

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I've thought about visiting the museum, and it only is a 4-5 hour drive from my home in Colorado, but haven't yet gone. Your posts here and photographs have convinced me. I am going before Winter sets in! Thank you!
Gotta be one of the prettiest drives anywhere. Best way from Denver is north on 25 up past Cheyenne, then east on Rt 20 and from there the world opens up to you. You’re also in close vicinity of Fort Laramie and the Oregon Trail wagon ruts etc etc. there’s just an enormous amount of frontier part 2 history there to be seen, felt, driven etc , plus a lot of natural history/ natural resource stuff. Like the grasslands. The native prairie grasses can reach six feet high there. Gets your mind thinking about the 1850s prairie…was it grassy like an uncut lawn, or a jungle? With bison herds… I so very much enjoyed the visit. If you’re that close, definitely go. You won’t regret it
 
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Great pictures bud....Appreciate the effort you did here.
I went by Chadron in february going to Wyoming to shoot coyotes during calving time for a rancher once.Around Ft. Laramie.
Stopped in at the museum but it was closed during the off season.
I've heard that in Columbia ,Missouri there is a really good museum also.
 

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Great pictures bud....Appreciate the effort you did here.
I went by Chadron in february going to Wyoming to shoot coyotes during calving time for a rancher once.Around Ft. Laramie.
Stopped in at the museum but it was closed during the off season.
I've heard that in Columbia ,Missouri there is a really good museum also.
Thank you! February in Wyoming sounds coooold
 
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