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Beartooth Mountains
The Montana 1830's Encampment at Howell's!
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"Howell's Encampment" is an historic fur-trapper brigade camp that was used in 1836,1837 and 1838, by the Rocky Mountain Fur Company. Osborne Russell, a Mountain Man of the early 1800's, wrote about Howell's Encampment in his famous book, "Journal of a Trapper" -- still in print today.

To the left is a closeup of a remarkable historic powderhorn, with Howell's Camp located clearly, along with virtually every other location significant to a trapper of that time. The site is, as the horn shows, at the confluence of the Clark's Fork (of the Yellowstone River), and the Rocky Fork (now known as Rock Creek) near Rockvale, Montana, midway between Red Lodge and Billings, Montana. To the right is another closeup of the same map horn, of the 1837 rendezvous site at Green River. Many thanks to Crosby "Wheelock" Brown for the opportunity to photograph this significant artifact. 

This campsite offers enough shade for every single camp. There is virtually unlimited firewood on the ground, and bucksaws are a recommended item. There is room for a huge camp, enough parking space for everyone, tin-tipi parking that is also well-shaded, a wonderful variety of areas from heavy cottonwood to open pastures, thick willows to tiny sheltered meadows, and it is all far away from houses and highways, while still within quick and easy reach of US 212 and "civilization."

The elevation is 3500 feet, the days in June are warm, the nights mild to cool. Since this is private land, we are not subject to closures by the Forest Service or the BLM because of drought conditions, although strict campfire regulations will be enforced.

The shooting range is close-by, isolated from camp and neighbors, secure and safe, with an extensive "Trapper's Run" event.
The men at the right are participating in the fire starting contest for the trappers run event, and you can see the first wisp of smoke from tinder carefully cupped in hands, and blown upon until it becomes flame.

The Clark's 
Fork River,
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