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Wyoming National Historic Trails

Sep 6, 2016
NPS Photo/Bryan Petrtyl

Full of intrigue, adventure, and hardship, Wyoming’s National Historic Trails exist not just in stories of the past, but also persist to this day as remnant paths on the landscape. Take a journey to one of the numerous trail sites and walk in the footsteps of the thousands of emigrants who traveled west in search of a better life. For information about visiting these trails, head to the following webpages:

Wyoming Public Media Photo Contest – 2016

Sep 5, 2016
Susan Nelson

Wyoming through listeners’ eyes!

View the winners of Wyoming Public Media's 2016 Photo Contest by clicking here.

View the entries from Wyoming Public Media's Photo Contest above (September 5– September 12)!


National Park Service

Fossil Butte National Monument was established in 1972 to "preserve for the benefit and enjoyment of future generations outstanding paleontological sites and related geological phenomena and to provide for the display and interpretation of scientific specimens".  The Monument is located toward the center of Fossil Basin, 10 miles west of Kemmerer.  The butte itself is a major geographic feature of the landscape as you drive west along Highway 30.

Fossil Butte National Monument

Aug 15, 2016
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.

Fort Laramie

Jul 12, 2016
Fort Laramie

Located at confluence of the Laramie and North Platte Rivers in southeast Wyoming, this famed outpost - first as a fur trade post and then as a military garrison played a strategic role in transforming the United States. Here, for 56 years successive waves of trappers, traders, Native Americans, missionaries, emigrants, soldiers, miners, ranchers and homesteaders interacted and left their mark on a place that would become famous in the history of the American west - Fort Laramie.

Devils Tower National Monument

Jun 9, 2016
National Park Service

The place known today as Devils Tower has been a fixture of Wyoming history since before the territory was granted statehood in 1890. Native Americans lived in the Black Hills area, including the Bear Lodge Mountains where the Tower is located. Different tribes had different names for the Tower; a common name for the geologic structure was Mato Tipila, meaning “Bear’s Lodge.” Today, over two dozen tribes claim affiliation with the site, considered sacred by many American Indians.

Grand Teton National Park - Cultural History

May 19, 2016
National Park Service

For a complete history timeline for the area, explore the Discover Grand Teton website. more>>

Humans and the Teton Landscape: 11,000 years of history in 1,100 words

The human history of Jackson Hole and the Teton Range dates back thousands of years. The stunning beauty and abundant wildlife and plants found here has drawn humans to this place for more than 11,000 years.

Yellowstone – History of Brochures & Guides

Apr 29, 2016
National Park Service

The National Park Service celebrates one hundred years of illustrating to the world Yellowstone’s wonder.

1. Northern Pacific Railroad brochure back cover - "Yellowstone Park"; 1913, 1914, 1915

2. Cover of the Northern Pacific Railroad brochure "Through Wonderland"; Artist unknown; 1910, 1927

3. Northern Pacific Railroad Guide; No date

4. Cover of the Union Pacific Railroad brochure "Yellowstone National Park"; Artist unknown; 1921

5. Illustrated map of Yellowstone found in the Oregon Short Line brochure "Where Gush the Geysers"; Artist unknown; 1910

Yellowstone National Park - History

Apr 12, 2016
National Park Service

Yellowstone National Park was visited by President Theodore Roosevelt in 1903. As the National Park Service is celebrating its 100th year, they are sharing early photos from Yellowstone National Park.

For more historical photos of Yellowstone National Park, visit the Yellowstone National Park Flickr site.

The Hans Kleiber Studio Museum – Dayton

Mar 22, 2016
Hans Kleiber Studio Museum

The historic log cabin studio of world famous German born etching artist Hans Kleiber (1887-1967) is on Main Street in Dayton, WY, less than a mile from where Hans originally built it behind his home. Kleiber, a US Forest Ranger, was inspired by the majesty of the Bighorn Mountains to write poetry and sketch with pencils and ink. With a desire to produce prints of his work, Hans amazingly taught himself the complex art process of etching and printing metal plates. He gave up forestry in 1923 to pursue art full-time.

Bluegrass Jam Session - Dayton

Mar 4, 2016
Tongue River Valley Community Center

The Tongue River Valley Community Center occupies the former Tongue River High School and exists to enrich the quality of community life by providing educational, social, recreational, and cultural opportunities that cultivate positive values and good character.  Among the many programs, the Center hosts bluegrass jam sessions twice a month.  Many musicians go to Dayton for the Jam Sessions.  They join in from Dayton, Ranchester, Sheridan, and Buffalo.

Cokeville Meadows National Wildlife Refuge

Feb 10, 2016
Keith Penner Cokeville Meadows National Wildlife Refuge

Cattle graze the Thornock tract of Cokeville Meadows in the fall after haying.  Cattle and haying help to open up areas of dense vegetation and make more nutrients available.  More sunlight can reach the soil and jump start bugs and plants in the spring, which are important sources of food in early spring migration as well as for local wildlife. 

Raspberry deLight Farms - Shoshoni

Jan 27, 2016
Raspberry deLight Farms

Raspberry deLight Farms was established in 1999. With the prices of conventional crops being stagnant and costs of production rising, they started looking into specialty crops that the owners could raise on their farm in Hidden Valley that would make a better living for their family. After much research and prayer, they decided to raise red raspberries. The first raspberries were planted in the spring of 1999. The weather was good and they got an excellent stand that first year.

Carlta Witthar

The annual Antique Tractor and Engine Show begins with a tractor drive on Saturday and Sunday in mid-June.  Featured during the event are craft vendors, antique sewing machines, a blacksmith, a saw, engines and tractors to view, a full-size Case Steam Engine plus a 1/3 size Reeves Steam engine! There is also a competitive Antique Tractor Pull. Food vendors and music are available for lunch, including Dutch oven cooking. 

Wild West Winter Carnival Fishing Derby - Shoshoni

Jan 8, 2016
Jennie Hutchinson

The Town of Shoshoni hosts an annual Ice Fishing Derby on Boysen Reservoir.

This tradition is part of the Wild West Winter Carnival enjoyed for 30 years, celebrating the month-long magic of unforgettable Wyoming winters. Weigh-ins begin 8am on Jan. 22 and end Noon on Jan. 24.  Special awards are presented at 2pm at the B&K Shoreline Shop, in both Adult and Youth categories. Registration is $10 per person.

For more information, visit or call 307-259-7486.

The Historic Virginian Hotel – Medicine Bow

Dec 14, 2015
The Historic Virginian Hotel

Since 1911, "The Historic Virginian Hotel" has been the "gathering place" in southern Wyoming, for over 100 years. Set in Medicine Bow, Wyoming, it was the biggest hotel between Denver, Colorado and Salt Lake City, Utah and is registered a National Historic Landmark.

Green River Valley Museum – Big Piney

Nov 5, 2015
Green River Valley Musem

The Green River Valley Museum was established in 1990. The purpose of the museum is to preserve local history for all who work, play and visit Sublette County. There are 7 buildings on site including the Big Piney Library, Halfway Post Office, Black Homestead Cabin and Price/ Sommers Schoolhouse.

Current Exhibits:

Big Piney Examiner printing press and extensive collection of newspapers from the Examiner

Big Piney Oil & Gas Company Derrick

Wardell Buffalo Trap

Green River Drift Chuck Wagon

Jail Cell built in 1920

Red Onion Museum – Upton

Oct 1, 2015
Weston County Museum District

When arriving at the Red Onion Museum in Upton, Wyoming, many visitors ask how the museum came upon its unusual name. They ask “Do you grow red onions?”  It all started when Walter K. “Jarbo” Poulson owned and operated the Red Onion Saloon in Upton for many years. During prohibition, the saloon closed. He moved what remained of the Red Onion Saloon to the barn on his property, which he named the Red Onion Ranch. 

Durham Ranch – Wright

Sep 22, 2015
Durham Ranch

In the 1930’s Armando Flocchini Sr., Durham Ranch owner’s grandfather, purchased the Durham Meat Company in San Francisco where he worked as a butcher. In 1965 he purchased a 65,000 acre bison ranch near Wright, Wyoming and renamed it Durham Ranch. Three generations later, this same ranch is operated by the Flocchini family and remains one the largest bison operations in North America.

Durham Ranch Tours

Wright Visitor Center

Sep 22, 2015
Wright Visitor Center

The Wright Visitor Center offers visitors several options to take a break and learn about the area.  Located on the banks of Panther Pond, those interested can try their luck catching a trout, bass or even a large cat fish.  A walking path surrounds the pond, offering visitors a place to stretch their legs.  Displays in the Center, include information on the minerals industry, including coal mining, oil & gas production, uranium in the area, along with information on the Durham Buffalo Ranch. The Durham Ranch is one of the largest bison ranches in North America, which borders the Visito

Wright Days – Community Celebration

Sep 21, 2015
Brandi Harlow

Wright Days is an annual community celebration, offering citizens of all ages a variety of entertainment.  The event typically begins with a family oriented Movie in the Park on Thursday evening.  Participants bring their lawn chairs or a blanket and enjoy the big screen and popcorn at Gibson Park.

Wright Centennial Museum

Sep 18, 2015
Wright Centennial Museum

The Wright Centennial Museum provides a unique opportunity to witness Wyoming history spanning from the homestead era to the beginning steps of Wyoming becoming the nation's Energy Capitol!

The Wright Centennial Museum opened in July 1990, on the same day the Cowboy State celebrated its centennial.

LOCATION: 104 Ranch Court
Wright, Wyo. 82732

PHONE: 307-464-1222

Monday-Friday: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Saturdays: 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

(Mid-May to Early October)

Texas Trail Museum – Pine Bluffs

Aug 7, 2015
Texas Trail Museum

The Texas Trail Museum works to preserve the heritage of eastern Laramie County, Wyoming for future generations through displays and education.

Texas Trail Museum consists of eight buildings housing exhibits from 1800 to present, and a variety of farm and construction tools.

There are many new exhibits this year.

For more information, visit the Texas Trail Museum Facebook page.

Greys River Wildlife Habitat Management Area – South of Alpine

Jul 8, 2015
Greys River Wildlife Habitat Management Area

Greys River is a winter-feeding ground one mile south of Alpine along Wyoming Highway 89.

Most of the land consists of steep, west-facing slopes covered with a mixture of aspen, conifers and shrubs. Natural springs are abundant. A rich habitat exists for songbirds, owls, hawks, grouse and small mammals. More than 1,000 elk are fed here each year and can be observed from the highway.

Alpine Mountain Days - Alpine

Jul 1, 2015
Alpine Mountain Days

For more than a quarter of a century, Alpine Mountain Days has been a community tradition offering a fun-filled time with family, friends and neighbors! The event took place from June 26 through 28 in 2015 at the Donn Woodin Civic Center in Alpine, Wyoming. There were lots of activities for the whole family including, Pioneer Village with Mountain Men and Native American dancers, a live birds of prey demonstration, over 40 merchandise and food vendors, horse drawn wagon rides, live musical performances, raffle drawings, a chili cook off and much more.

Fort Phil Kearny – North of Story

Jun 22, 2015
Fort Phil Kearny

Fort Phil Kearny witnessed the dramatic events of Red Cloud’s War, 1866-1868.

Today, the site encompasses 1000 acres, including Fort grounds, two major battle sites, and rich wildlife habitat.

Waldorf A’Story - Story

Jun 4, 2015
Waldorf A’Story

Story is, in keeping with its name, a storybook-like community, nearly hidden by Ponderosa Pines, Hawthorns and greenery in the summer and generally covered in a blanket of snow in winter.

Waldorf A’Story is a 1,500 sq. foot repurposed old Piney Creek General Store and the Waldorf A'Story Restrunt.  It has the ambience of places long ago with worn, rustic floors, rock walls, flagstone dining room floor and a bar built from an extra LARGE  Ponderosa beetle killed tree, but with all the modern conveniences.  

Story Fish Hatchery and Visitor Center - Story

Jun 1, 2015
Story Fish Hatchery and Visitor Center

        The Story Fish Hatchery invites you to explore one of the ten fish hatcheries operated by the Wyoming Game and Fish Department.  Located in the scenic ponderosa forest at the base of the Bighorn Mountains, the hatchery provides a unique opportunity to observe fish and local wildlife.

Basin City Arts Center - Basin

May 15, 2015
Basin City Arts Center

The Basin City Arts Center is housed in a one-time, two story building originally called the Fraternity Hall, built by donations of various lodges and individuals.  It was the building that the famous Gorman murder trial of 1902, and the trial concerning the Spring Creek Raid in 1909 occurred.  The building burnt down in 1916.  A new three story Fraternity Hall was built to replace the original.  The building was to become the Wigwam Theater, and was in use until the 1980's.

Lilac Days – Basin

May 12, 2015
Basin Republican Rustler

Basin was long ago nicknamed the Lilac City because of the large amount of lilac bushes that adorned Courthouse Square, private yards and main street. In 1978 an extremely cold winter killed off most of the bushes but the town still clung to its nick name. Since 1978 people have replanted bushes and some years the only bank in down gave out lilacs during their customer appreciation day.