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Collection Fort Nisqually Permanent Collection
Object ID Number 1940.14.01
Object Name Saddle, Pack
Description Pack saddle for a horse or mule, made of wood with leather fittings and iron rings. Wood is worn smooth, well used but in good condition overall. According to the donor, this saddle was used by John Monro when he and his family came to Vancouver, WA, in 1842, from York Factory, Manitoba, Canada. David Munro was an Hudson Bay Company employee and father of Ellen Munro Flett, who married John Flett, and it is likely that the original donor simply mixed up the first names. It is unclear whether the saddle was actually used by John Flett or David Munro, since they both arrived at the Fort within a year of each other, but the saddle came across the Rocky Mountains to the Fort Nisqually area with the Red River Settlers. It is nicknamed the "Flett pack saddle" since it descended through the Flett side of the family. The saddle measures approximately 21 inches long, 16 inches wide, and 9 inches tall
Date c. 1840
Year Range from 1820.0
Year Range to 1870.0
People Flett, John
Munro, David
Search Terms Pack saddle
Red River Party
Imagefile 006\19401401-3.JPG