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Redwood Falls Gazette - Redwood Falls - MN
  • Muzzleloaders demonstrate at county museum Aug. 18

  • On August 18th, several former members of the Redwood Valley Volunteers will be at the Redwood County Museum, demonstrate how to load and fire Black Powder rifles.
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  • On August 18th, several former members of the Redwood Valley Volunteers will be at the Redwood County Museum, demonstrate how to load and fire Black Powder rifles.
    There will be a camp site set up, along with a display of period items. Come out for a day of fun, and experience the sound of the early muzzleloaders!
    The event is set for Sunday, Aug. 18, from 1 to 4 p.m. behind the museum. There will have a free-will donation at the door to defray expenses.
    Homemade ice cream and lemonade will be served. In the event of rain, the event will be held on Sept. 15.
    The Redwood Valley Volunteers was first founded in 1977 by a group of Redwood Falls and North Redwood residents.
    The club was active establishing a rifle range on the north edge of North Redwood near the confluence of the Redwood and Minnesota Rivers.
    The club disbanded for a few years due to falling membership and participation. It was reestablished in the late 1980s remaining active and holding many Black Powder Rendezvous on the Black Powder Range in North Redwood.
    During this time, it was quite a sight to see all the tents and tipis lined up as you drove down the hill into North Redwood. Although the club has completely disbanded now, members still attend rendezvous held in the area and surrounding states.  
    In the early days, from about 1824 to 1839, the "rendezvous" were held at designated locations in Montana, Wyoming, and Colorado; and usually during the month of July.
    Hundreds of Indians, trappers and traders gathered at these locations to barter and trade the furs they acquired throughout the year. Many of the fur traders returned to St. Louis, MO where furs were shipped all over the world.
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