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


“Lander Historic Walking Tour”
“Lander Historic Walking Tour”
  • The Adventure Trek will take a look at some of the historic lander buildings and building sites that helped shape the community.
  • Saturday May 15, 2021
“Lander in 1921”
“Lander in 1921”
“Historic Plants Day”
“Historic Plants Day”
  • The Pioneer Museum will host this Bailey Tire/Pit Stop Children’s Education Series program on May 22nd from 1-3pm.
  • Saturday May 22, 2021
“Wyoming, A History of the American West” by Sam Lightner
“Wyoming, A History of the American West” by Sam Lightner
  • Wyoming has been the center of the most colorful and influential events of the American West, and Lightner's entertaining new book dives into it all.
  • Thursday Jun 24, 2021
“Atlantic City Cemetery Trek”
“Atlantic City Cemetery Trek”
“Esther Hobart Morris, The Unblemished Story of the Nation’s First Female Judge”
“Esther Hobart Morris, The Unblemished Story of the Nation’s First Female Judge”
  • Cummings, who has a new book out about Esther Hobart Morris will do a talk and book signing about the trailblazing woman from South Pass City.
  • Thursday Jul 8, 2021
“Upper Sinks Canyon Adventure Trek”
“Upper Sinks Canyon Adventure Trek”
  • Explore the history and visit the sites of the early U.S. Forest Service, the CCC, the Sinks Canyon Ski Area and other location in the upper half of the Canyon.
  • Saturday Jul 10, 2021