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Fremont County Pioneer Museum

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1443 Main Street
Lander, WY 82520
(307) 332-3373
Hours:
Monday - Saturday: 9am - 5pm

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 read more
  • About

    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!

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  • Member Events

    Thursday May 16, 2019
    Do you have a beaded object in need of cleaning? Join the Pioneer Museum’s Collection Manager Robin Allison for a lesson on cleaning methods and get started. ...read more
    Saturday May 18, 2019
    The trek will take a look at some of the historic Lander buildings and building sites that helped shape the community. ...read more
    Thursday May 30, 2019
    Given the importance of extractive industries to the economy of the state, a better understanding of these resources will help Wyomingites plan for the future. ...read more
    Saturday Jun 1, 2019
    The Pioneer Museum will host Reid Miller of the BLM on June 1st at 1pm for this Wyoming Community Bank Discovery Speakers Series program. ...read more
    Thursday Jun 13, 2019
    Local poet, Carol L. Deering will present her first published book of poems Havoc & Solace: Poems from the Inland West in this Wyoming Community Bank Discovery ...read more
    Saturday Jun 15, 2019
    Barbara Townsend will guide us through the old gold district burying grounds and tell the history of the people buried in the Atlantic City Cemetery. ...read more
  • Directions

    North West on US HWY 287 (Main Street), the museum is located at the North West edge of the Lander City Limits on the West side of the street.