Buffalo Robe Fur Press

Buffalo Robe Fur Press (HM2MN2)

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N 47° 49.259', W 110° 39.803'

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This is a replica of the buffalo robe press that was used at Old Fort Benton. It was big and awkward, but robes were so bulky and heavy that it took equipment like this to handle them. Robes were pressed hair-side out after the four sides were folding into a three-foot square. 10 to 12 hides made a bundle that weighed nearly 150 pounds, about what two men could carry.
The long tree pole of cotton-wood is anchored into the ground at one end. It is lifted up at the other end with the gin pole which opens up the bed of the press. The folded robes are placed on the lower bed of the press. With the men also adding their weight, the furs are tightly pressed together and tied before they are removed and carried to the boat for shipment down river.
HM NumberHM2MN2
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Date Added Tuesday, November 5th, 2019 at 10:01am PST -08:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)12T E 525196 N 5296458
Decimal Degrees47.82098333, -110.66338333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 47° 49.259', W 110° 39.803'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds47° 49' 15.54" N, 110° 39' 48.18" W
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