On the first weekend of each month from May until October, visitors to Fort Atkinson Historical Park near Fort Calhoun can experience how life might have been lived at the first U.S. military post west of the Missouri River. The fort was established in 1820 and was active until 1827.
Pam Veach-Davis finger weaves a tumpline that would be attached at both ends of a back, luggage, or bedroll. Vech portrays the wife of the post trader.
Sergeant of the Guard Stephen Baker inspects rifle brigade members from left Andrew Gahagen, Liam Baker, Isac Baker, Caleb Baker and Ben Godfrey. Fort Atkinson Living History.
Re enactor John Mathrole watches as Owen Artz holds a 72 caliber flintlock pistol.
Constantine Hansen throws an Indian spear or dart using an Atlal. The atlal which is essentially a stick which is used as a lever to propel the spear. The device predates the bow and arrow.
From left, Doug Kuony portraying Indian sub-agent John Doughert and Dave Blakeslee portraying an itinerate musician perform tunes appropriate to he 1820 time period.
Rifle regiment conducts manual of arms drill on the parade ground at Fort Sunday. The manual of arms is instruction in the handling and use of weapons in formation.