Fremont County Pioneer Museum

Fremont County Pioneer Museum

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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!

Images

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!
Gallery Image boyswagon3.jpg
Our original museum building.
Welcome!  Come in and enjoy!
Admiring art by Frederick Remington
Looking at prehistoric projectile points.
J. K. Moore Trading Post
Sheepherders' Wagon

Events

“Lander’s Governor-Lester Hunt: Blackmail & Suicide-70 Years ago”
“Lander’s Governor-Lester Hunt: Blackmail & Suicide-70 Years ago”
  • This Wyoming Community Bank Discovery Speakers Series program with be on May 28, at 7pm and is free and open to the public.
  • Tuesday May 28, 2024
“The Arapaho Covered Wagon Redux”
“The Arapaho Covered Wagon Redux”
  • The music retells the story from a tribal perspective and reverses negative Native American stereotypes perpetuated over six centuries.
  • Monday Jun 3, 2024
“Libby Flats” Book Launching and Signing
“Libby Flats” Book Launching and Signing
  • The story happens during the twilight time of life when long-lost pals are closer than family and culminates at Libby Flats in the Medicine Bow National Forest.
  • Tuesday Jun 4, 2024
"Lander Brewfest"
"Lander Brewfest"
  • Lander's Pioneer Museum welcomes Brewfest! With more than 80 beers, ciders and seltzers from over 30 craft breweries, there are beverages to suit every taste!
  • Friday Jun 7, 2024
"Pacific Springs/Oregon Trail"
"Pacific Springs/Oregon Trail"
  • The Wind River Visitors Council Adventure Trek Series invites you to join Craig Bromley as we visit the famous Oregon Trail near South Pass.
  • Saturday Jun 15, 2024
“Eagle Spirit Dancers”
“Eagle Spirit Dancers”
  • This dazzling event showcases Native American History and Culture every Wednesday at 7pm from June 19th – August 28th.
  • Wednesday Jun 19, 2024
"Geology for our Rock Hounds"
"Geology for our Rock Hounds"
  • Lander has a long history of people coming to the area to search for rocks and see geological wonders.
  • Thursday Jun 20, 2024
Eagle Spirit Dancers
Eagle Spirit Dancers
  • This dazzling event showcases Native American History and Culture every Wednesday at 7pm from June 19th – August 28th.
  • Wednesday Jun 26, 2024
“Geology of Johnny Behind the Rocks”
“Geology of Johnny Behind the Rocks”
  • Join the Pioneer Museum as they explore the badlands south of Lander for a Wind River Visitors Council Adventure Trek to Johnny Behind the Rocks with Stan Grove
  • Saturday Jun 29, 2024
Eagle Spirit Dancers
Eagle Spirit Dancers
  • This dazzling event showcases Native American History and Culture every Wednesday at 7pm from June 19th – August 28th.
  • Wednesday Jul 3, 2024
Eagle Spirit Dancers
Eagle Spirit Dancers
  • This dazzling event showcases Native American History and Culture every Wednesday at 7pm from June 19th – August 28th
  • Wednesday Jul 10, 2024
Eagle Spirit Dancers
Eagle Spirit Dancers
  • This dazzling event showcases Native American History and Culture every Wednesday at 7pm from June 19th – August 28th.
  • Wednesday Jul 17, 2024
Eagle Spirit Dancers
Eagle Spirit Dancers
  • The Fremont County Pioneer Association is again proud to host the “Eagle Spirit Dancers” for another season of exceptional performances in 2024 at the dance gro
  • Wednesday Jul 24, 2024