Another year has all but come and gone since the last Fort Bridger Rendezvous. It seem that each year we face at least one problem or another just trying to get ready for the up coming event. This year is no different. In fact this has been an exceptional year, with more problems than normal.
You may not know that, in the beginning, when the plans were being made back in 1968, not 1973 when we had our first booshway Richard James, but when the Mountain Men of the Wasatch formed and permission to hold a rendezvous was sought after. The folks at the Historic Site were friendly enough but not too interested. We will be posting this history on our web site fortbridgerrendezvous.net.
The idea was then taken to the Governorsí office. Without going into too many details, letís just say thatís what it took to make it all happen.
The original organizers were, for the lack of a better word, ďpushedĒ out by demands put in place that changed the entire direction of what those organizers had put in place. It was a rough go for a year or two, the threat that the rendezvous would be moved from the valley. That the name Fort Bridger Rendezvous could not be used. Well thatís all history that many would just as soon forget. But to forget is to leave yourself open to the same situation.
In 1991 the Fort Bridger Rendezvous Association (FBRA) was incorporated, under new management. Since that time it seems that there are always those who canít be satisfied with the way it is operated. So roadblocks are thrown in our path just to keep us on our toes. Iím proud to say we have, so far, been able to navigate around those obstructions.
Now to the point of the letter. The rumor has circulated throughout the area that the state will be running the rendezvous and not the FBRA. This is simply not true. The FBRA is still running the rendezvous and will continue to do so for many years to come. This assurance came directly from Dominic Bravo, Director of State Parks. We use the site through an agreement between us and the State Parks Department. This agreement is in place for the next two years. We are already in negotiations with the state for a new agreement that will take us into the next five to 20 years.
Please donít listen to those rumors. They are only meant to create problems for us, by those mean spirited individuals with way too much time on their hands.
For the complete article see the 06-17-2011 issue.
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