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Fourth graders become mountain men for a day

Fourth graders went to Krupps Scout Hollow in Rigby to learn a little about Idaho history. They spent the day’s field trip learning about mountain men.

“It’s been a great day. We’re learning all sorts about mountain men,” Cole Taylor, a fourth-grade student, said.
The Fort Henry Buckskinners taught them how the mountain men lived, like how they trapped their food and how they started fires.

“We teach them what weapons they shot, how they ate, and how they prepared their food,” said a Buckskinner named Crowfeather.

The Buckskinners put on this rendezvous themselves every year for three days. They also get into character, dressing up like mountain men or Native Americans, and they set up camps with authentic fur-trade-era pieces.

“We don’t get paid for it. This is out of our own time, and everything is pretty much our own money. We enjoy watching these kids smile, laugh, and learn. It just makes our day,” Crowfeather said.

The Buckskinners hosted 1,500 fourth graders from all over the eastern Idaho area.

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