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

Deals and Promotions


“Family name Plates”
“Family name Plates”
  • Participant in this Bailey Tire/Pit Stop Children’s Exploration program will create customized family plaques in the shape of Wyoming symbols.
  • Saturday Jul 24, 2021
“Miners Delight Adventure Trek”
“Miners Delight Adventure Trek”
  • The gold rush in this area dates back to 1867 and is Wyoming’s most significant gold mining area.
  • Saturday Aug 14, 2021
“Fremont County Postal History” by Stan Grove
“Fremont County Postal History” by Stan Grove
  • “Postal history” is the study of where and how the everyday mail has been addressed, conveyed, and delivered.
  • Thursday Aug 26, 2021
“CWC/Sinks Canyon Apple Orchard Adventure Trek”
“CWC/Sinks Canyon Apple Orchard Adventure Trek”
  • Learn about how the college is bringing back the orchards and working to support local agriculture.
  • Saturday Aug 28, 2021
“Louis Lake Lodge Adventure Trek”
“Louis Lake Lodge Adventure Trek”
  • Learn the history of the Loop Road, the water projects and the lodge and have lunch at the Lodge.
  • Saturday Sep 11, 2021
“2nd Annual Apple City Festival”
“2nd Annual Apple City Festival”
  • The Pioneer Museum in Lander will host this super fun event September 18th from 1-3pm on the Museum’s grounds.
  • Saturday Sep 18, 2021