Montana Trappers Association

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Miss Rodeo Montana, Inc


Miss Rodeo Montana 2015   Miss Rodeo Montana, Inc



Hanna Heckman


The MTA has been a Big Sky Partner with Miss Rodeo Montana, Inc since 1997. MTA sponsorship awards each years queen with a western style red and arctic fox vest.


Hanna currently attends Montana State University Northern in Havre pursuing an Associate degree in Business Administration with a minor in Marketing. While attending college, Hanna has received a full tuition waiver as a member of the MSU Northern Rodeo Team.


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Miss Teen Rodeo Montana 2015   Miss Rodeo Montana, Inc



Miranda Minow


The MTA has been a partner with Miss Rodeo Montana, Inc since 1997 and is one of the first sponsors for Miss Teen Rodeo Montana which started in 2005.


After high school, Miranda plans on obtaining her bachelor’s degree in social work so she can work in an equine-assisted therapy program. Eventually she would like to start her own equine-assisted therapy facility at “Powder River Farm in the Dell”, a group home providing residential and vocational opportunities in a farm-like setting for adults with developmental disabilities.


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Did You Know?

Jim Bridger (1804-1881). Trapper, scout, mountain man. One of first white men to see the future Yellowstone Park and Great Salt Lake, which he believed to be an arm of the Pacific Ocean. Became partner of Rocky Mountain Fur Company in 1830 and established Fort Bridger in Wyoming Territory in 1842. Laid out routes for the Central Overland Stage and Pike's Peak Express Company. Returned to Missouri in 1867 where died on his farm on July 17, 1881.


Rendezvous were held on a yearly basis at various locations until 1840, mainly in Wyoming, but Pierre's Hole in Idaho and Bear Lake in northwest Utah were favorite sites as well.


Fort Manuel Lisa was established in 1807 by Manuel Lisa at the mouth of the Big Horn River near Hysham. This was the first permanent settlement in Montana and was occupied until 1811.


John Jacob Astor was the first prominent member of the Astor family and the first multi-millionaire in the US. He amassed his wealth through fur-trading, opium smuggling, and New York City real estate. Famed patron of the arts. At the time of his death, he was the wealthiest person in the US.


In 1919, the Hudson’s Bay Company was approaching its 250th year in business. What began in a coffee house in London, in 1670, had now grown to become the undisputed leader of the international fur trade.


The desire for beaver fur hats in European men’s fashions dates back centuries and spurred the development of the 17th century North American fur trade. Beaver fur was the most prized of the fur trade because of its water repellant qualities. Encouraged by European trade goods, natives hunted beaver to extinction in some areas.