Fort Obie Rendezvous

Fran Riley Feature


COLONA, Ill. (KWQC) — It’s a step back in time. Almost two hundred years. A look at camp life at the Fort Obie Rendezvous in Colona, Illinois this weekend.

Rendezvous was an annual gathering when mountain men and trappers sold their furs and hides while replenishing supplies. The time period from 1825-1840.

At Fort Obie, you’ll see a tomahawk toss, mountain men dressed in frontier attire, and much more. Flute man Dan Nolan playing the penny whistle. Brother Todd tossing the tomahawk. Jay Mount displays an original Hudson Bay blanket.

The event at Fort Obie runs throughout the weekend. A living history encampment. Life on the American frontier. From black powder shoots to knife throwing contests.

An up close look at frontiersmen, free trappers and listening to tales from the past. History. Rendezvous style.

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