Green River Rendezvous Pageant
by Clint Gilchrist
July 11, 2004
Rendezvous weekend was capped off Sunday afternoon with the 68th annual Green River Rendezvous Pageant. Over 100 cast members, 8 wagons, 40 horses, and a supporting crew of at least 40 people make this one of the largest outdoor annual productions in the country. The production is all volunteer.
The pageant celebrates the famous Mountain Man Rendezvous of the 1830s by telling and showing the story of the first white men in the Green River Valley in 1811 through the end of the Rendezvous period in 1840. The pageant program includes the Astorians, Fort Bonneville, free trappers, mountain men, antelope soldiers, Shoshone, Indian pony dancers, Father DeSmet, the American Fur Company, the Rocky Mountain Fur Company, dude William Drummond Stewart, Protestant Missionaries as well as others.
The Green River Rendezvous Pageant is held the 2nd Sunday in July every year. The first Pageant was held in Daniel at the original rendezvous grounds in 1936 to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the original Green River Rendezvous and now is held in Pinedale as part of the Green River Rendezvous weekend.