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Fur trapper camp a living history event

Champoeg State Heritage Area will host a Living History Demonstration from Fur Trapper Encampment on Saturday and Sunday.

Starting at 10 a.m. Saturday, the event will take you back in time as you visit an authentic fur trappers’ encampment. The event runs through 4 p.m. Sunday, at Champoeg, located at 8239 Champoeg Road NE in St. Paul.

In the early 1800s the bank of the Willamette River at Champoeg was host to fur trappers and their families who gathered there after the winter spent trapping beaver. This was the point of return or Rendezvous — as the French called it — where trappers would prepare the hides for canoe transport downriver to Fort Vancouver.

Come see costumed re-enactors portray the lifestyle, work and customs of the fur trade. How did they dress? What did they eat and how was it cooked? What was life like in a camp? How do you set a trap for beaver? How do you load and fire a flintlock rifle? In this camp you will be able to walk among the tents and work stations to ask the interpreters these very questions and see for yourself.

Admission is free with a $5 day pass or annual parking pass.

Visit oregonstateparks.org for more information.



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