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Gold Rush Days celebrates 150th Anniversary of South Pass City

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June 21st, 2018

Contact: South Pass City, 307-332-3684

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

            Celebrate the 150th Anniversary of the founding of South Pass City with a special celebration of Gold Rush Days, July 7 and 8

The annual South Pass City State Historic Site event is $5 for adults and $3 for children 12 and younger.

            This year’s event features a special appearance by Chancey Williams & the Younger Brothers Band on the evening of July 7, followed by a fireworks display like no other in Wyoming.  

Experience American history brought to life in an authentic gold mining camp. Try not to catch gold fever when panning for real gold in a glacial fed stream.

Additionally this year, the Hudson Vintage Base Ball team defends its 2017 Championship against South Pass City, Lander. This tournament features teams in vintage 1906 uniforms and using 1906 rules.

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Other activities include Pony Express rides, pack mule demonstrations, faro players, immigrant trail re-enactors, gold panning, home baked goods, musical entertainers along the street and the ever popular anvil blasting.

The Carissa Mine will be in full operation both days from noon to 5 p.m., as well as mining demonstrations on the Flood and Hindle Trail.

The event is sponsored by the Friends of South Pass and the 150@150 group of sponsors. For more information call (307) 332-3684.

   
Wyoming State Parks, Historic Sites & Trails
A Division of Wyoming State Parks & Cultural Resources
2301 Central Avenue, 4th Floor, Cheyenne, WY 82002
307-777-6323www.wyoparks.org

 

Fort Fred Steele hosts "Towns and Ghost Towns" self-guided tour

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June 21st, 2018

Contact: Steve Horn, 307-320-3013

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

            The fourth program in the Fort Fred Steele 150th Anniversary Celebration Series focuses on Towns and Ghost Towns July 7 at the fort.

            Take a self-guided walk around Fort Steele as you learn about the towns of Carbon County, Wyoming, some of which are now ghost towns. This day-long program is free and the public is invited.

Journey a span of 150 years through storyboards and images.

            Other programs during the summer-long series are titled 150 with the Railroad, July 21; Mining in Carbon County: A Storyboard Walk, Aug. 4; State Parks on I-80: A Storyboard Walk. Aug. 18; Tie Hacks, Sept. 1.

            Fort Fred Steele is located at Exit 228 on I-80 east of Rawlins.

For more information call Steve Horn, 307-320-3013 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

   
Wyoming State Parks, Historic Sites & Trails
A Division of Wyoming State Parks & Cultural Resources
2301 Central Avenue, 4th Floor, Cheyenne, WY 82002
307-777-6323www.wyoparks.org

 

Fort Bridger hosts Treaty of 1868 Re-Enactment on July 3

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June 21st, 2018

Contact: Chris Floyd, 307-782-3842

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE     

Fort Bridger Hosts Treaty of 1868 Re-Enactment on July 3

Fort Bridger State Historic Site is partnering with members of the Eastern Shoshone and Shoshone-Bannock tribal nations to host a re-enactment of the Peace Treaty of 1868 on its 150th anniversary.  The public is invited to attend this free event.

Activities will begin at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, July 3, with a traditional Native prayer ceremony followed by introductions of both the descendants of the treaty signers, and the treaty re-enactors, who will be dressed in traditional attire.  

The re-enactment itself is scheduled for 10 AM with a pipe ceremony, traditional Native dances, a lunchtime feast, military exercises, and traditional games to follow.

"The treaty signing is arguably the single most important event that ever happened at Fort Bridger," said Chris Floyd, District Manager for Wyoming State Parks, Historic Sites & Trails.  "It continues to influence events 150 years later."

As the construction of the transcontinental railroad moved farther west in 1868, the federal government sought to remove any Native claims to lands in its path.

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On July 3 of that year, leaders of the Shoshones and the Bannocks met at Fort Bridger and agreed to the terms of the treaty, which among other things would soon establish the Wind River Reservation in Wyoming and the Fort Hall Reservation in Idaho.  

The new reservations were significantly smaller than the 44 million acres that the had been agreed upon in a treaty only five years earlier. 

The 1868 treaty was one of the last to be ratified by the U.S. Senate and it still provides a legal foundation under the federal constitution for the two tribal nations today. 

Among the signers of the treaty at the fort were Chief Washakie of the Eastern Shoshones, Chief Tahgee of the Bannocks, and peace commissioner Major General C.C. Augur.

"We hope this event will help provide a better understanding of the historical events surrounding the treaty and promote awareness of how it continues to affect people today," Floyd said.

The event is sponsored by the Eastern Shoshone and Shoshone-Bannock Business Councils, the Fort Bridger Historical Association, and the Wyoming Humanities Council.

   
Wyoming State Parks, Historic Sites & Trails
A Division of Wyoming State Parks & Cultural Resources
2301 Central Avenue, 4th Floor, Cheyenne, WY 82002
307-777-6323www.wyoparks.org

 

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