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Trappers Bride Mural


Trappers Bride

A major featured painting in Jackson Lake Lodge is Charles Banks Wilson’s, Trappers Bride.  John D. Rockefeller, Jr. continuing his theme of the importance of the Trapper/Trader era in his newly constructed Lodge, commissioned the paining which reflects not only the artist’s highly acclaimed talent but also his meticulous study of the activities and accoutrements of the trapper era.

Women played an important role in the early fur trade industry, although pioneer or European women were rare on the frontier. The women of the fur trade were usually Native American women as their skills made them valuable partners. They could handle horses, make and break camp speedily, cook, make clothing and, when necessary, handle weapons.  

In this scene, after a successful bartering for his daughter’s hand in marriage, the young slender bride tentatively offers her hand to the dashing buckskin-clad trapper.  Her father and leader of the group could have received firearms, iron utensils, blankets, flannel cloth, or even horses in barter for his daughter’s hand.  This gathering for the wedding ceremony is a meticulous study of the activities and accoutrements of the trapper era.

The Trappers Bride is displayed in the Jackson Lake Lodge, Blue Heron Lounge, awarded "best watering hole" in a National Park. After a day of exploring, have a beverage out on the deck overlooking a sea of Willows and the towering Teton Range, but don't forget to take a moment and study our Trapper/Trader heritage while viewing Charlie Banks Wilson's Trappers Bride.    



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