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This was a fun weekend. One of our annual events out here is the Chadron Fur Trade Days, always the second weekend of July. An assortment of events which highlight the challenging life of mountain men and the fur trade of the West. Visitors can head on down to the primitive rendezvous camp on Bordeaux Creek to watch buck-skinners recreate an authentic 1800’s fur-trade era, which includes their trappings, buckskin clothing, axes and muzzleloaders, teepees and tents, wares and cooking supplies necessary to survive.

Monte Deckerd and his chuckwagon were on hand at the Trader’s Market to demonstrate how mobile and efficient cooking could be on the prairie.

Monte Deckerd's Historic Chuckwagon, Chadron Fur trade Days 2015

Monte Deckerd’s Historic Chuckwagon, Chadron Fur trade Days 2015

Monte served up fantastic buffalo stew and cowboy beans with yummy hot-out-of-the-dutch oven biscuits! OH MY! MMmmm Good!

These are some of the shots I took between bites of that delicious bowl of stew! Enjoy….

Deckerd's Historic Chuckwagon, most of the hand-forged implements hang on the sideboards available at a moments need.

Monte Deckerd’s Historic Chuckwagon, most of the hand-forged implements hang on the sideboards available at a moments need.

Deckerd prepares handmade buscuits for the dutch oven.

Deckerd prepares handmade buscuits for the dutch oven.

Deckerd's Chuckwagon features many original hand forged tools

Deckerd’s Chuckwagon features many original hand forged tools

Chuckwagon features original green paint on the buckboards and orange paint on the wagon wheels.

Chuckwagon features original green paint on the buckboards and orange paint on the wagon wheels.

US Calvary harness and saddle balance on the tongue of the chuckwagon.

US Calvary harness and saddle balance on the tongue of the chuckwagon.

Deckerd has competed in cook-offs in both New Mexico and Colorado and belongs to the American Chuck Wagon Association.

Monte Deckerd's Chuckwagon self designed dutch oven grill

Monte Deckerd’s  self-designed dutch oven grill. Notice the assorted shovels and racks for the heavy  pots and pans. The biscuits are just about ready!

Not all locations allow open pit fires for cooking, so Deckerd designed and had a welder from South Dakota forge this portable open grill and feed. I was amazed at how efficient this design proved. The food was simple and great.