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4:20 pm
Wed May 21, 2014

The Dubois Museum – Wind River Historical Center

The Dubois Museum is a living history museum that preserves and interprets the history of the Upper Wind River Valley. Museum exhibits focus on the Mountain Shoshone who were the first inhabitants of the valley, the homesteaders who settled in the late 1800s, and the Scandinavian loggers (tie hacks) who cut railroad ties for the nation's railroads in the national forests near Dubois.

Exhibits

Charlie Moore

The Charlie Moore Collection contains over 400 items of original furnishings from the CM Ranch during the years the guest ranch was owned by Charles C. "Charlie" Moore. Moore began the CM Ranch in 1927 and operated it until 1952.

Tie Hacks

Between 1914 and 1946, Scandinavian loggers known as tie hacks produced over 10 million hand-hewn ties that were floated 100 miles down the Wind River to Riverton in massive weeks-long drives.

Sheep Eaters

Thousands of years before the arrival of European trappers and settlers, early Indians of unknown origins roamed the Dubois area and left behind stone tools and other evidence of their presence for archaeologists to discover and ponder. But who they were remains a mystery.

Guided Treks

Historical
Historic Sites of the Railroad Tie Industry of the Upper Wind River
Full-Day Trek/Driving Tour
Moderate Hike at over 8000’
The driving tour and trek takes participants to ruins from the “tie hack” days in the Dubois, WY area. Included in the itinerary are the remains of flumes, headgates, cabins, and other ruins. The sites on the tour date back to the early twentieth century when Scandinavian loggers, known as “tie hacks,” cut railroad cross-ties in the mountains surrounding Dubois to be sent down-river to Riverton, WY. Short hikes are included to view off-road sites.

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Geology

Geology of the Dubois Badlands
Half-Day Trek
Moderate Hike with easy climbs at 7000’
Experience a trek into the Dubois Badlands located near Dubois, WY to view the sedimentary layers that make up the “Wind River Formation.” Approximately 55 million years ago, the layers were deposited by streams flowing into the basin from the flanks of the surrounding mountains. The fossil remains of the clams and snails living in the streams occur along with fossilized algae. The trek includes views of many beautiful structures such as “Joe Back’s Throne.” The hike is 4-5 miles round-trip to a beautiful seasonal spring.

Geology of Torrey Valley
Full-Day Trek
Moderate Hike with some steep climbs over 8000’
Take the opportunity to marvel at unique geologic features during this trek to approximately 7,700 feet in the Wind River Mountains. The center of the Wind River Mountains anticline is located in Torrey Valley near Dubois, Wyoming. The beautiful valley was formed by the processes of uplift, water erosion and extensive glaciation. The valley begins high in the Wind River Mountains above Ross Lake and extends down to where Torrey Creek flows into the Wind River. The hike covers approximately 3 miles from the Whiskey Mountain trailhead to a bridge spanning Torrey Creek Canyon.

Geology of the Absaroka Mountains
Full-Day Trek
Moderately Strenuous Hike with easy climbs at over 9000’
Join a local guide for a 4-5 mile round trip trek into the beautiful Jade Lake area of the Absaroka Mountains located near Dubois, Wyoming. Approximately 38 million years ago, a massive volcanic eruption from a concentration of volcanoes located northwest of Dubois in the Yellowstone area formed the sedimentary layers that are the base of these mountains. Millions of tons of volcanic material flowed from the volcanoes, mostly in the form of mudflows. Glaciers and fast-flowing water carved the volcanic sediment into what is seen today as the Absaroka Range. No bookings for this hike prior to July 1st.

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Archaeology

Table Mountain Tipi Rings
Half-Day Trek
Moderate Hiking over 7000’
Vehicle required to have high clearance
Join a local guide to visit tipi rings left by Plains Indians. The tour includes the opportunity to view bison drive lines and an eagle trap. Archaeologists speculate that the area on Table Mountain may have been used as a vision-quest site.

Torrey Lake Petroglyphs
Half-Day Trek
Moderate Hike with some steep climbs at over 8000’
Don’t forget your camera on this trek to view Native American petroglyphs. The Dinwoody-tradition petroglyphs, a type of rock art, are located near Dubois, WY. Ancient images are pecked into large boulders scattered throughout Torrey Valley. Many archaeologists believe the petroglyphs were made by ancestors of the modern-day Shoshone people. The dates of the images vary from several thousand years old to as recent as a few hundred years. The trek includes many opportunities to view different petroglyphs and a discussion of theories about their origins.

Mountain Shoshone Sheep Traps
Half-Day Trek
Moderate Hike with some steep climbs at over 8000’
This trek highlights an ancient Sheep Eater Rocky Mountain Bighorn sheep trap in the foothills of the Wind River Mountain range. Approximately twenty different sheep traps are documented by archaeologists in the Dubois, WY area. The sheep traps are wood and stone structures constructed by the Mountain Shoshone people, also known as the Sheep Eaters. The traps were a way to trap and kill bighorn sheep. The Sheep Eaters ate the meat of bighorn sheep and used the hides and other body parts for clothing, utensils, and tools. They even used the horns of the rams to make powerful bows for hunting.

Hours:

Summer: 9-6 Daily
Winter 10-4 Tues. - Sat.

909 West Ramshorn St.
PO Box 896
Dubois, WY 82513
307-455-2284
duboismuseum@gmail.com

Courtesy of http://duboismuseum.org .

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