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Historical society to host mountain men

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Special to the DailyLonnie Farmer will portray "Snakebite" in a presentation to the Eagle County Historical Society on Thursday in Eagle.

EAGLE – Imagine the life of a mountain man from 1800 to 1850.The vast Colorado mountain ranges were unexplored, and, with the exception of the Utes, largely uninhabited. Lewis and Clark were making their historic expedition. Forward-thinking politicians were negotiating the Louisiana Purchase. A good beaver hide could be sold at a trading post for about $6 a pound.

Step back into history on Thursday when the Eagle County Historical Society will present “An Evening with the Mountain Men.” The program, free and open to all, will begin at 7 p.m. at the Eagle Town Hall, in the Town Board meeting room.Featured speakers will be John Russell and Lonnie Farmer, both volunteers with the Colorado History Museum’s Speaker’s Bureau. Taking on their historical personas of “Ol’ Ramrod” and “Ol’ Snakebite,” Russell and Farmer will share the history of the fur trade, and will offer insight into the lives of the first white men to come to the mountains of Colorado.Both men are natives of the Rocky Mountains. Russell is a volunteer at the Colorado History Museum, where he teaches the fur trade to elementary school children. He has also participated in a living history experience as a mountain man (circa 1946) at Bent’s Old Fort near La Junta, Colo. Farmer is also a museum volunteer, serving as a docent of mountain man history and silver mining in Colorado. He performs the fur trade lecture for many service and civic organizations, and also teaches special classes for elementary-age children.The presentation is hosted by the Eagle County Historical Society, in conjunction with the Eagle Centennial Committee. Light refreshments will be served.For more information, contact Kathy Heicher at 328-7104.Vail, Colorado

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