Best of Wyoming

Legend of Rawhide - Lusk

Dec 19, 2014
Legend of Rawhide

The Legend of Rawhide is an annual celebration of the history, legend, and Western heritage of Niobrara County.

The Legend of Rawhide is a community performance in the truest sense of the word. Each year residents of Niobrara County and surrounding communities volunteer their time, energy, and determination in service of the Legend of Rawhide pageant.

For more information, visit http://legendofrawhide.com/ .

Silver Cliff Theatre Company - Lusk

Dec 5, 2014
Silver Cliff Theatre Company

Lusk’s Silver Cliff Theatre Company was founded in 2008. Its founding would not have been possible without the existing Art’s Etc. organization in Lusk with which it eventually merged. The first production held was “Anne of Green Gables.” From there, the Company has expanded to include an acapella singing group, the Silver Cliff Crooners, and an adult clogging group, the Silver Cliff Stompers.  Other shows include “Steel Magnolias”, “Fabulous Follies of 2010” and many others. The Theatre Company is run by a 7 member board.

Elkhorn Arch - Main Street Afton

Nov 24, 2014
Star Valley Chamber of Commerce

Constructed in 1958, this world’s largest arch made of over 3,000 discarded elk antlers stands about 18 feet high and spans 75 feet across Afton’s Main Street.

For more information, visit www.starvalleychamber.com .

CallAir Museum - Afton

Nov 10, 2014
Star Valley Chamber of Commerce

Located at the Civic Center in Afton, Wyoming, the CallAir Museum commemorates the history of the Call Aircraft Factory founded in 1939 by Reuel Call. CallAir airplanes were designed, developed, and manufactured in Afton from about 1940 to 1970. A prototype airplane was designed and built from 1939 to 1943—the predecessor of the CallAir A-3 cabin plane. In the first years of the 1950s CallAir snow cars were built. By 1955 the A-3 had been converted to an agricultural spray plane—the CallAir A-5.

Lander Trail Museum – Afton

Nov 7, 2014
Star Valley Chamber of Commerce

Come relive the pioneer past in this Afton Museum. The valley's history is displayed at the Pioneer and Lander Trail museums which share the stories of those who crossed the West looking for land to settle.

Friends of a Legacy – Greybull

Nov 3, 2014
Friends of a Legacy

Friends of a Legacy, dba FOAL, is a non-profit grass roots organization concerned with the preservation and protection of the wild horse herd in McCullough Peaks.  The McCullough Peaks area is located in northwestern Wyoming in the expanse between Greybull, Cody, Lovell, and Powell.

Wyoming Public Media Photo Contest Entries – 2014

Oct 20, 2014
Shaun Peterson

Wyoming through listeners’ eyes!

Click the photo above to view the slideshow with the many entries in this year's Wyoming Public Media Photo Contest! (October 20th-October 27th)

Wyoming photos were posted in each of the categories below:

Museum of Flight and Aerial Firefighting - Greybull

Oct 7, 2014
The Greybull Museum of Flight and Aerial Firefighting

The Greybull Museum of Flight and Aerial Firefighting was started in the 1990's by Hawkins & Power's owners, Dan & Bob Hawkins and Gene and Duane Powers, in order to preserve the history of aerial firefighting.

The museum has two C-119's (Flying Box Cars) built around 1950 and a Twin Beach that have been loaned to the museum by the United States Forest Service.   There are also two PBY4Y's (Privateers) built around 1945, that have been loaned to the museum by Gene Powers & Jean Hawkins and Bob & Becky Hawkins.

Lovell-Kane Area Museum – Lovell

Sep 12, 2014
Lovell-Kane Area Museum

The Lovell-Kane Area Museum, a non-profit organization, has a collection of artifacts, records, photos, and many additional treasures for eventual display and exhibit in the town of Lovell. They are gathering support from many individuals and are excited about the prospect of housing their very own museum one day soon. They are currently housed in the Lovell Chamber of Commerce building.

Bighorn Snowkite Summit - Outside of Lovell

Sep 5, 2014
Bighorn Snowkite Summit

Never before in the United States has the announcement of a snowkite event created so much interest in so short a period of time. The idea was to host a week of snowkiting, on-snow instruction, kite demos and evening seminars at a backcountry lodge in the Big Horn Mountains of Wyoming. The brainchild of the event was a few of the Jackson Hole Kiters, a tight group of avid Ozone riders that have been progressing snowkite technique and adventures for many years.

The Brinton Museum – Big Horn

Aug 6, 2014
The Brinton Museum

The Brinton Museum invites you to experience the lifestyle of a 1920s and 30s gentleman’s working ranch. Take a guided tour of The Brinton Museum’s Main Ranch House, view the Native American Gallery and the featured art exhibitions in the gallery.  Stroll around the grounds and outbuildings including Little Goose Creek Lodge, Mr. Brinton’s hunting cabin.

Black Mountain Lookout – Big Horn

Aug 5, 2014
Black Mountain Lookout

Black Mountain Lookout is on the Bighorn National Forest 20 miles west of Sheridan and was constructed in 1939 by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) and used until the 1980’s. The lookout is an L4 or “Aladdin” design on a stone foundation.  Located on an exposed rock pinnacle the tower is in need of maintenance and repair.  The Bighorn National Forest and HistoriCorps are: re-shingling the roof, repairing the log railing and catwalk, replacing two doors, and staining the building exterior and the shutters.

Bozeman Trail Museum – Big Horn

Aug 4, 2014
Bozeman Trail Museum

Built in 1879 by the Rock Creek Stage Line, the Blacksmith Shop, now home to the Bozeman Trail Museum, originally satisfied the needs of the nearby Bozeman Trail, connecting southeastern Wyoming to Virgina City, Montana. It had been 1878 when O.P. Hanna decided to build his cabin near a clear creek, in a sheltered meadow with a magnificent view of the Big Horn Mountains. This was to be the first homestead cabin in what is now Sheridan County. By 1881, pioneer families started settling in Big Horn City, a name chose by O.P. Hanna.

Rock in the Glen – Glenrock

Jul 21, 2014
Photo by Mary B. Rookstool / Town of Glenrock

The Continental Pipeline Company donated the Rock in the Glen Park property to the Town of Glenrock in August 1982. The park property has direct access from the Glenrock Jaycee Park on the west edge of Glenrock.

The Rock in the Glen still has the names of the some of the emigrants that passed through Glenrock carved into its face stones.

Sign’s inscription:

“On July 26, 1842 John C Fremont’s first expedition to the far west guided by Kit Carson with Joseph Bissonette as interpreter also L. Maxwell as hunter camped in this rocky glen.

Deer Creek Museum - Glenrock

Jul 15, 2014
Deer Creek Museum

Glenrock, Wyoming's social history museum. Preserving Glenrock’s past and promoting its future.

The Deer Creek Museum features two new exhibits. The Pony Express exhibit will feature the mochilla or mail bag and Olympic torch carried by the reriders for the 1996 Olympics as well as the local history and involvement in the group. The Mormon exhibit provides a more accurate time line of Glenrock’s Mormon history and its connection and relationship with the present community.

Explore the story of Glenrock, a small town with a big history!

Glenrock Paleontological Museum - Glenrock

Jul 1, 2014
Glenrock Paleontological Museum

The Glenrock Paleontological Museum was formed in 1995 after Sean Smith, Director of Paleontology, found a Triceratops on a local ranch.  Since then, the museum has continued to grow, adding fossils from Cretaceous, Jurassic and Oligocene time periods including marine reptiles, sauropod dinosaurs, theropod dinosaurs and mammals in addition to many other fossils.  All fossils were found in Wyoming and will remain here for the enjoyment of visitors of all ages.

Oyster Ridge Music Festival - Kemmerer

Jun 4, 2014
Oyster Ridge Music Festival

2014 marks the 20th year anniversary of the Oyster Ridge Music Festival! The Festival’s humble beginning was a single man’s dream to start a festival in Kemmerer, Wyoming (thank you Keith Chasteen!). After a lot of hard work and perseverance, that dream became a reality. They had a handful of fans gather to watch the artists they could afford on a very limited budget. Year after year, through good times and bad, the Oyster Ridge Music Festival learned, grew into an event attended by thousands, and morphed into what it is today.

Fossil Butte National Monument - Kemmerer

Jun 2, 2014
Fossil Butte National Monument

Fossil Butte National Monument preserves one of the richest fossil deposits in the world. Fifty two million year old fish, insects, birds, mammals, reptiles, and plants are nearly perfectly preserved in limestone.

Visitor center exhibits include over 300 fossils featuring a thirteen-foot crocodilian, the oldest complete bats and a mass mortality of 356 fish. Also, enjoy two video programs, interactive exhibits, and a book store.

Dennison Lodge – Dubois

May 28, 2014
Dennison Lodge

The Dennison Lodge is an historic lodge which was moved to Dubois and is used for many social events. The Live from the Dennison concert series, held at the Dennison Lodge, is an innovative concept drawing musicians from across the country.

For more information visit www.dennisonlodge.org .

History

(Excerpts from A Brief History of the Dennison Lodge by Eugenia Christensen)

The Dubois Museum – Wind River Historical Center

May 21, 2014
Dubois Museum

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

Headwaters Arts & Conference Center - Dubois

May 13, 2014
Headwaters Arts & Conference Center

The Headwaters Arts & Conference Center Features a meeting and conference facility in the beautiful Wind River Valley. Nestled in the Wind River Mountains with the looming grandeur of majestic peaks and the serenity of calm, crystal clear lakes and streams offering many additional activities.

The Headwaters Arts and Conference Center is a year-round conference facility for national conferences, educational, art and music workshops, and corporate retreats.

The National Bighorn Sheep Interpretive Center - Dubois

May 1, 2014
© Stephen Jay Lunsford / Images of Wyoming

The National Bighorn Sheep Interpretive Center is a wildlife exhibit and interpretive center located on the main street of Dubois, Wyoming. The mountains just outside of town are home to one of the world’s largest herds of Rocky Mountain Bighorn Sheep. Realistic habitat dioramas, full-size taxidermy mounts, interactive exhibits and films draw the visitor into the world of the bighorns. It’s a wildlife experience the whole family will love.

Keyhole State Park – Sundance

Apr 21, 2014
Wyoming State Parks

Keyhole offers many attractions and is located on the western edge of the famed Black Hills, between Sundance and Moorcroft, and is easily accessed off I-90 at exit 165 or take exits 153 or 154 in Moorcroft then Hwy 14 north six miles then Hwy 113. Within sight of Devils Tower, Keyhole State Park is situated along the southeast shore of Keyhole Reservoir and offers excellent fishing for walleye, catfish, small mouth bass and northern pike. Keyhole is also a mecca for both resident and migrating birds of all species.

Vore Buffalo Jump - Sundance

Apr 14, 2014
Vore Buffalo Jump

The Vore Buffalo Jump is on the interface between what were once great bison pastures of the northern Great Plains and the Black Hills, making it highly attractive to various groups of buffalo hunters. In about 300 years, the site was used by five or more tribes.

The rich cultures and fascinating history of the Plains Indians developed around the immense bison herds and grasslands and of western North America.

Many Native American groups believe the Black Hills have spiritual properties as well as important material resources.

Crook County Museum & Art Gallery – Sundance

Apr 3, 2014
Crook County Museum & Art Gallery

Come see the Black Hills of North Eastern Wyoming.  History doesn’t have a state line; the historical aspects of the west can be seen in the Crook County Museum & Art Gallery in picturesque Sundance, Wyoming right off of interstate 90.

Anna Miller Museum – Newcastle

Mar 7, 2014
Anna Miller Museum

The Anna Miller Museum puts Weston County’s history on display with numerous exhibits covering coal camps such as Cambria, western legends and early Wyoming life.

The Bird Cage Theatrics Company - Newcastle

Mar 3, 2014
Bird Cage Theatrics

The Bird Cage Theatrics Company of Newcastle, Wyoming was born in 2011 from a desire to produce sophisticated, artistic entertainment.  Their main mission is to offer a variety of plays on a consistent schedule, drawing on local talent in all areas of theatrical production.  The company continues to grow with each production, with newcomers to the stage and behind-the-scenes.  Productions to date include:

Wheatland Wilderness

Feb 21, 2014
Dan Brecht

Wheatland is located on I-25, and travel/ tourism has long been an important industry in the area.  During the summer months, thousands of boaters, campers, fishermen, and water skiers from Cheyenne, the panhandle of Nebraska and the Front Range of Colorado rely heavily on both Glendo State Park and Guernsey State Park as well as Grayrocks Reservoir for outdoor recreation, and Wheatland is an important refueling stop and shopping center for many of these outdoor enthusiasts.  In addition, the Medicine Bow National Forest to the west provides many opportunities for hunters, campers, bikers,

Platte County Art – Wheatland

Feb 17, 2014
Dan Brecht

Wheatland is blessed with many talented artisans, including sculptors, painters, and crafters.  Probably the art form you will notice most when in Wheatland (and especially downtown) are the many murals on the walls of government and private buildings.  For the most part, these wonderful murals which tell the history of Wheatland and Platte County so well are due to the talent and hard work of the Platte County Art Guild.  The Pocket Park, which is located one block south of the Courthouse in downtown Wheatland, has murals that were done by Joe Arnold of Laramie in 2000.  In addition there

Wheatland Green Harvest Festival - Wheatland

Feb 3, 2014
Dan Brecht

Wheatland’s Green Harvest Festival takes place over about 7 days toward the end of August every year and is a combination of free public concerts at the city’s band shell (emphasis is on bluegrass, folk and eclectic music) as well as lots of kids’ games and activities, a quilt show, a garden walk, an open air vendors and farmers market, a pet parade (lots of fun.. They’ve had everything from goats to goldfish) and a runaway veggie contest.

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