Fremont County Pioneer Museum

Fremont County Pioneer Museum



About Us

Touring our facility, you will experience some of the most colorful and important eras in western civilization – prehistoric through modern.

Wyoming, Fremont County and especially the Lander Valley, played key roles for many ancient, nomadic peoples, as well as for those courageous individuals who crossed this North American continent under primitive and perilous conditions to settle our nation from coast to coast.

An ancient game trail was next used by Indians, and then – at the turn of the 18th century – was travelled by fur trappers and traders. Their stories of Wyoming’s spectacular beauty, fertile farm lands, favorable climate and bountiful natural resources reached the East. Following the Civil War, many expeditions were organized westward to find the best overland route across the continent.

Scores of routes (also called trails) sprang up: the California Trail, the Mormon Trail and others. The most notable of these, however, was that old game trail – which became known as “The Oregon Trail”. The Great Westward Migration began in 1843 and was down to a trickle by the 1890’s, with the coming of the transcontinental rail road in 1869. The 2,170-mile Oregon Trail carried upwards of 500,000 settlers from Independence, Missouri, through the Lander Valley and South Pass to California, Oregon and Washington.

This all happened as recently as 125 years ago – and feet from where you will be standing when you visit us at the Fremont County Pioneer Museum!


Native American Saddle
Grange Exhibit
Fresh apple cider at the Apple Fest
J.K. Ralston Collection in the Washakie Gallery
American Solar Car Challenge
Codsiogo's Painted Elk Hide
Arapaho Head dress
Looking at an old fashioned "In Box!"
Baldwin's Department Store
Lander's Train Station - All Aboard!
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Our original museum building.
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Admiring art by Frederick Remington
Looking at prehistoric projectile points.
J. K. Moore Trading Post
Sheepherders' Wagon


"Celebrating Women's History Month: Women’s Small Business Owners Tea"
"Celebrating Women's History Month: Women’s Small Business Owners Tea"
  • There are so many women in our community that own small businesses. March is a great time to celebrate while we learn a little bit about women's history.
  • Sunday Mar 3, 2024
"History of the Wyoming Flag"
  • This presentation examines the contributions of Dr. Grace Raymond Hebard and flag designer Verna Keyes in establishing Wyoming's state flag.
  • Thursday Mar 14, 2024
Garden Expo-Planting Native Flowers for Kids
Garden Expo-Planting Native Flowers for Kids
  • ''Planting native flowers for kids'' is part of the Bailey Tire/Pit Stop Children’s Exploration Series at the Lander Museum.
  • Saturday Apr 20, 2024
"Sheep Shearing Day"
"Sheep Shearing Day"
  • Visit the Pioneer Museum in Lander for this Bailey's Tire and Auto Children's Exploration Series program.
  • Saturday Apr 27, 2024