Montana Trappers Association

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Sarai McCollaum

Sarai calls the town of Darby home and is the daughter of Daniel McCollaum and Tara Boulanger. Her four siblings are Titus, Kye, Zachary and Regan.

This 20 year old blond blue eyed beauty graduated in 2014 from Darby High School where she served as Vice President of the student body. An honor roll student and a member of National Honor Society, she also served as a Senate Page during the 2013 State Legislature.


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Haelee Essebaggers

Haelee is the 18 year old daughter of Craig and Diane Essebaggers of Sun River Montana. This blonde haired blue eyed beauty is a senior at CM Russell High School in Great Falls where she has been an honor student throughout high school as well as being Academic Olympian in volleyball and track. Her work in FFA and 4-H has been exceptional as she has received her FFA Degrees as well as an FFA Scholarship.


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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.