Museum of the Mountain Man named #5 by True West

SUBLETTE COUNTY, Wyo. — Museum of the Mountain Man in Pinedale was recognized by True West magazine as one of the best in the U.S.

Hundreds of museums celebrate the American West —including more than a few east of the Mississippi—and among the cream of the crop is Museum of the Mountain Man, which opened in 1990. The museum is #5 in True West’s Top 10 Western Museums of 2020. The National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma took top honors.

The entire list of best museums is in True West’s September 2020 issue, on newsstands August 11.

“All too often, the contributions of the mountain men have received short shrift in the Old West history field.,” says True West executive editor Bob Boze Bell. “That’s why we’re so impressed with the work of the Museum of the Mountain Man. It is truly a top Western museum.”

Two-time Spur Award-winning writer Candy Moulton and the editors of True West selected the winners for this annual award based on extensive travels, research, and firsthand experiences in visiting dozens of Western museums each year.

Among its 15,000 artifacts, Moulton cited the museum for its full-scale replica of Chief American Horse’s tepee, part of an exhibit on the fur trade of the Rocky Mountain West. Another exhibit highlights the history of Hugh Glass, the trapper and pioneer who was the model for the lead character in the film The Revenant.

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