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National Register of Historic Places listings in Wyoming

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Albany CountyBig Horn CountyCampbell CountyCarbon CountyConverse CountyCrook CountyFremont CountyGoshen CountyHot Springs CountyJohnson CountyLaramie CountyLincoln CountyNatrona CountyNiobrara CountyPark CountyPlatte CountySheridan CountySublette CountySweetwater CountyTeton CountyUinta CountyWashakie CountyWeston County
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This is a directory of properties and districts listed on the National Register of Historic Places in Wyoming. There are more than 500 listed sites in Wyoming. Each of the 23 counties in Wyoming has at least four listings on the National Register.

This National Park Service list is complete through NPS recent listings posted December 21, 2018.[1]
Contents: Counties in Wyoming
Albany - Big Horn - Campbell - Carbon - Converse - Crook - Fremont - Goshen - Hot Springs - Johnson - Laramie - Lincoln - Natrona - Niobrara - Park - Platte - Sheridan - Sublette - Sweetwater - Teton - Uinta - Washakie - Weston

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- [Announcer] Your support helps us bring you programs you love. Go to wyomingpbs.org, click on Support and become a sustaining member or an annual member. It's easy and secure. Thank you. - The pioneer Trails and the route taken by the Pony Express all crossed through Wyoming and here in Casper, the National Historic Trails Center has been providing visitors with valuable and interesting information about the lives of American pioneers, who were heading West for more than a decade. Come with us as we explore the National Historic Trails Center with its Foundation's Executive Director, Aubrey Valdez, next on Wyoming Chronicle. (dynamic music) And it's our pleasure to be in the National Historic Trails Center, here in Casper with Aubrey Valdez, the Foundation's Executive Director. Aubrey, thank you for having us on Wyoming Chronicle. - Yes, thank you for being here. - We're in the beautiful Oregon Trail Gallery of the museum, but there's really a lot more to see, even before we get to this point. Tell us what visitors see, when they enter the museum, here in Casper. - Great, well, when they come in, they notice right away that we have a rock wall and that wall has replicas of names of pioneers and immigrants, that came, that are located on Register Cliff for Independence Rock, so a lot of times, they're very excited that they see those names and they've seen them on those rocks, so that's very exciting. When they come around that rock wall, they go into the Native American Gallery and that just gives them some insight into how those Trails were formed and the influence, that the Native Americans had on the Western, westward migration. From there, they go to the US West Looks West and learn a little bit more about mountain men and just the exploration of it. There's also an 18-minute introductory film, that guests can watch, that gives them just a brief overview of what they will expect, when they come in. - [Presenter] Beautiful panoramic film. - [Aubrey] Yes. - Very, very well done. We're in the Oregon Trail Gallery. - Ah-huh. - When visitors step into here, what are we seeing? - So visitors love to come and take a virtual ride on our wagon and see if they can make it across the river, or not. River crossings were very dangerous and so we're trying to give them a little piece of that excitement, did they make it, did they not make it? They can also view other things, other stops along the Oregon Trail, that people see and then just what were they going to take? What were they going to load their wagon with? - And this is a part of Americans' history, that's 150 years ago? - Yes. - School children come here often. - Oh yes. - What's their response when they look around and understand that, "Boy, their lives were just different?" - Yes, a lot of them really have the understanding of, "Oh, I don't get to bring my Nintendo DS," or, "There wasn't electronics," so what's important-- - And that's even a surprise to them? - It is, for some of them it is. For those students that do a lot of hunting and fishing, if you ask, "What were you going to take "on the Oregon Trail, what would be important?" They would take things, that they would need to use for hunting and fishing and we even had one girl say that she was going to take her bed, "I'm gonna take my bed," and when we explained she had to carry that for 15 miles, by day two, she didn't want her bed anymore. So it's a real eye-opening experience for them. - Who, generally, is your market for this museum? Is it just Wyomingites in general? Do you have national class visitors? Who comes to the museum? - Everyone. We've had visitors from all over the world come to this Center, and that's just very exciting. Primarily, from March to May, we will have school groups come in and those are fourth graders from the state and surrounding states, Colorado, Nebraska and Montana and they want to learn more about the Expansion, but we do have visitors from everywhere, all across the country and all across the globe. - This is a museum, that's been in Casper for about 15 years? - Yes. - Tell me about the early days. - So Edna Canal, she was the visionary for this museum and she worked very long hours with the City of Casper, Federal agencies to make this a reality and so with all of that, the City of Casper donated the land for the building to be built and then we have a partnership with the Bureau of Land Management and the Bureau of Land Management, they own and maintain and staff the building and the Foundation, we own and maintain and upgrade all of the exhibits. - And for people, who are wondering in Casper exactly where this is, they've been by it a thousand times, - Yes. - I'm sure, you're just a stone's throw from the Casper Events Center. - We are, yes, and a lot of times, people will come here for concerts (laughs) and we direct them over there and then vice versa, sometimes people will go next door. - Are you open year round? - We are, we are open Memorial Day to Labor Day over the summer. We are open Tuesday through Sunday from eight to five every day and then our winter hours will change, where we're open Tuesday through Saturday, nine to 4:30. - We've got a lot more to see in the museum, before we leave the Oregon Trail, what's your favorite place? - In the Center? - In the whole Center? - I think that my favorite place is the Wagon Crossing Ride. - Alright, well, we're gonna see more. - Yes. - Let's continue our tour. - Wonderful. (upbeat fiddle music) - Aubrey, we just left the Oregon Trail Gallery. - Yes. - That was not the end of the Trail for sure. There were still some, a lot more distance pioneers had to travel on the Oregon Trail. - Yes. - How much farther did they have to go to reach their destination from Casper? - So from Casper, they had 1003 miles left to go and that was approximately 68 more days, that they needed to get there. - So quite a distance? - Yes. - Now we're in the beautiful Mormon Trail Gallery and give us some tidbits about this Gallery and when you lead people through this Gallery, what do you point out to them? - So, we point out to them, that we have a rodometer and that took the place of a handkerchief, that was the children's job, is that they would tie a handkerchief to the wheel and then the children had to count how many rotations, that the wheel had turned and then they would know if they made their 15 miles every day and the rodometer took that away. It was a great invention and it would just mark how long they had gone, so the children didn't have to count any longer. - So what was magical about 15 miles? Was that the pace, that they were trying to maintain? - That was the pace, that they were trying to maintain, so that they could make, you know, Independence Rock by 4th of July and then the next stop from there and just keep on, so that they didn't hit winter months, or snow. - Which you have a display here in the Gallery, that talks about something that didn't go quite right with the settlers, who, they were getting on the Mormon Trail. - Right, there was a group of converts, that came over from England and they got a late start and so by the time they got to Illinois to get the handcarts, they were green and so of course, the wood hadn't had time to dry out and they started off towards Salt Lake and when they got to Wyoming, just outside of Casper, the weather was beautiful and it was late September, 70 degrees and it was wonderful. Well, not being from here, we all know from Wyoming, the weather can change at any time and unfortunately it took a turn for the worst and so by the time they got to Casper, it was a blizzard and they were trying to cross the North Platte River with ice on the river and they had to wade through that and they had to do many river crossings, not only with the North Platte, but also the Sweetwater and many people perished during that time and so it's a very inspiring film, just of that pioneering spirit and not giving up and they made it from Casper to Martin's Cove, where they were then rescued and the remaining immigrants made it to then Salt Lake. - You also have a neatest way about what it would feel like, - Yes. - to pull a Mormon handcart, how does that work? - We have a replica of a Mormon handcart and you get on there. It's a treadmill, and so you walk and we have a machine that tells you that you need to keep this pace and so we have people try to keep that pace, could you do it for 15 miles a day (laughs)? And of course, it's just one person with the handcart, pulling it, but it really gives you an idea as to how heavy they were and it feels like you're going over the prairie, so it's a lot of fun and very challenging. - Not only do you have school children come through the museum often, but you really encourage families to come to Casper Stop and maybe instead of zipping on through Casper, to come and view what you have. - Most definitely, yes, we do want people to come here and understand the history and the westward Migration. We're now Casper's Visitors' Center as well and so a lot of people, that are just stopping for a moment will actually take 10 or 15 minutes of their time just to briefly walk through and then come back, so that they can experience more. - Would you agree that there are a lot of people in Wyoming, that don't know you're here? - Yes, there are. I talk to people all the time in the community, especially here in Casper and I'm always amazed at how many people have not been up here or maybe they came 15 years ago, but we have done a lot of upgrades and added so much, that it really is different than it was 15 years ago. - How do you keep the doors open with funding, because it's not expensive to come to the museum? - Right, so that is where that partnership comes in and it's wonderful, because the Foundation just has to focus on all funding coming to us goes right back into the exhibits, so we don't have to worry about keeping the lights on. That's where our partner comes into play and they did a wonderful thing, where in October, we were able to waive fees, so our facility is now free. We want everyone to be able to come in and enjoy and we understand people, that have small children, sometimes they can only spend 10, 15 minutes in here and so now they have that opportunity to keep coming back and experiencing more. - Not only is it beautiful inside, the outside - Yes. - of the Historical Center is just beautiful, beautiful views of Casper. - Definitely, yes, and right below us along the Parkway Trails, there are ruts that you can go down and see where those trails came, just right underneath us and so it's very exciting. - We're gonna move on to the California Gallery next. - Yes. - Before we do, what is the future of the Trail, the National Trails Historical Center, what's on your radar? - So what we're looking at doing is we want to be able to upgrade our Galleries and give people more critical thinking, more hands-on, so that they can really feel like they were part of that westward Migration and what did it take for everyone to go, so we're trying to incorporate new technology, but keeping it in that pioneering spirit. - When people come through, they must give you feedback? - Yes. - What do you hear from people, who visit the museum? - We hear a lot. We have a new bronze collection, that was donated to us. A lot of people really enjoy looking at the bronzes and they just, everyone that comes in says, "I didn't know that it was going "to be like this inside, this is just amazing," so there's always positive feedback and again, we just want to make sure that this is very family-friendly. - On we go through the museum. - Yes. - Over to the California Gallery. - Definitely, let's go. (upbeat fiddle music) - Aubrey, we're now in the California Trail Gallery. This is the Gallery, that talks about the California Trail. Over 3000 miles long, - Yes. - networked along some of the same quarters and the valleys of Wyoming, of the Platte and the North Platte Rivers and it's also equally beautiful. Tell us a little bit about this Gallery. - So in this Gallery, you're gonna learn the hardships of going across the Salt Flats, after you passed the Great Salt Lake area there and losing of the animals and it... I don't know if you've ever been along those Salt Flats, but oh my goodness, - I sure have. - it's hard enough in a vehicle, - It sure is. (laughs) - let alone on a wagon. So you can also experience what a lot of the miners, we have a replica backpack, that you can see, "Would you be able to walk 15 miles in a day in that?" how very heavy for all their equipment to mine with. - The Trail obviously was leading Americans, and they were seeking, you know, great wealth - Yes. - and the California coast. You tell many of their stories as well. - Oh most definitely, yes and we do even have a headstone from the Snodderley family from Tennessee, that came out and the mother ended up passing away and we were able to have this headstone on display, so that people can see what those actually looked like and that's very exciting to hear her story. She left behind a husband and seven children. - How do exhibits here at the museum come about? I guess, is it a museum or a Center? - Well, we-- - Am I incorrect in calling it a museum? - It is a museum, it's also an interpretive Center, so we don't have artifacts here. We do have some that are incorporated in, but mainly it's just for interpretation and so it's telling stories and giving you an insight into everything, so the difference would be, we don't have artifacts like a museum might, but we have some. - Hm-mm, and so how are these displays created? They're beautiful, - Oh, thank you. - I can't express to you how outstanding this museum, or this Center is, but how is the content created? Who brings it to life? - So that's where we look for an outside company. So as we move forward with the re-establishing of our Galleries, we will reach out with RFPs to different companies and we try to stay local, if we can and see what these different designers can come up with. So we have ideas and they have ideas and it's just a wonderful coming together, I guess you can say, of these wonderful ideas, so that we can better tell those stories and I think after 15 years of hearing people bring their stories in, that they have heard or that they would like to see more of, that will help us move forward and bring those stories to life. - We talked just a little while ago about what you hope to do in the next few years. - Yes. - Give us an example about how an exhibit may be updated. - So, what we're looking at is we had, for instance, in our US West Looks West Gallery and we had an old pull-screen map, that you would pull the different slides over and just after wear and tear it did not work anymore and so we looked at that and thought how do we capture peoples attention, how do we, especially the youth, how do we make this exciting for them? And that's where we came up with the touchscreen. So we're looking at how do we integrate that technology and make it exciting for the future generations? - And that changes as generations meticulate through., - It does. - it grabs their attention is different. - Right, and what we have found, especially over the last, well, since we opened, for 15 years, people really like that hands-on, what can they touch, what can they build, and so we want to definitely bring more of that to them and that's always important for the younger. - You have other events here at the museum, other than just touring the museum? - We do, summertime is a very busy time for us. Every Saturday, we do a Patio Talk, so we have presenters come in and it could be, this year we have topographical engineers coming in, so that people have a better understanding of how these maps were designed, why they were designed, why we use them today, to youth programs. We always reach out to the youth and those programs are always free, so we have Living History, that is here every weekend, just a lot going on, especially in the summertime. - And where can people go to learn what those schedules are? - They can visit our website, which is NHTCF.ORG. - And where, that's on the screen right now for our viewers to see, - Yes. - and we'll have it on again, before we end today. There's also a pretty special time in Wyoming in August. - Yes. - The Trails Center is at the intersection of the eclipse. - Yes. - What are your plans? - We are very excited to have the eclipse coming here, so we, from Friday through Monday, in August, we are going to have special presentations, that discuss the pioneers coming across and what did they, did they encounter eclipses and if so, what did those diaries say and how did people interpret that or understand that and then we also are looking over many cultures, because how did other cultures understand that, with the Native Americans and so forth, so a lot going on that weekend. We'll have a food truck up here and just live music and events and it will be free and open to the public, so people can come in and tour and we'll have our teepees out, now that hopefully, the snow has stopped. We'll have teepees and wagons outside as well. - On the actual eclipse day on that Monday in August, what will happen here? - So that Monday here, we do have reserved viewing areas out on our patio and we have a lot of groups from Italy coming in to watch those and from around the world. So people are welcome to come and they are welcome to view in the parking lot, or wherever they would like to on the grounds. Just for safety, we're asking folks not to leave the pavement, there's a lot of cactus out on the prairie there. But we will have glasses, people can purchase glasses or get their eclipse glasses, so they can watch that and we are overlooking the city. You'll be able to see the eclipse and also the shadow of the moon following it. - Speaking of cactus, - Yes. (laughs) - you have one more Gallery we wanna look at, the Pony Express Gallery. - Yes. - Shall we gallop over there? - I think so, let's go. - Let's do that. - OK. (upbeat fiddle music) - Aubrey, in 1859, the Pony Express was a mail service, that brought newspapers and letters and other articles to folks, and it came right through Casper and its history is really well documented right here. - Yes. - What do people see in the Pony Express Gallery? - So they are gonna have an understanding of just what it took to get mail from Saint Joseph to Sacramento and that was 150 horses and 25 riders, 10 days and when they came through Casper, they had one stop here in Casper and that was at Fort Casper, Platte Bridge Station, just down the hill from us here and it just really gives an insight as to how many stops along the way, that they had to make and how dangerous it could be, so they wanted the younger orphans, of course, 13 years of age usually, because they were lighter and had that sense of adventure. - I'm gonna read right over your shoulder a poster that's on the wall, it says, "Pony Express riders wanted. "Young, skinny, wiry fellows, not over 18, "must be expert riders, willing to risk death daily. "Orphans preferred, wages 25 dollars a week - [Aubrey] Yes. "and how to apply." - Right. - And that's well-documented here in the Gallery. - Yes. - There's also a Pony Express cabin right outside? - Yes, and that was built by the Pony Express riders of the chapter here in Casper and every June, they do a Pony Express re-ride, that actually starts in Saint Joseph and they have riders go all the way out to California. So it's very exciting and they'll come right through here. - More about the Center. A research library is new, - Yes. - tell me about that. - So we were very fortunate, Lee Underbrink, who has been just an amazing modern-day pioneer. He passed away, but he left us all of his reading material and research material and we have people come in all the time and they ask, "Do you have books that we could just, "you know, we're doing a paper," or, "We just want to know a little bit more about this." so, we are going to be removing a display and adding in the Lee Underbrink Research Library and that will come later this year. - How exciting. - Yes. - There's also a lot of work, that happens behind the scenes, that people may not realize, but have improved technology, as technology changes, it needs to be improved to make things faster and better. What's happening behind the scenes, that visitors may not realize, but have happened? - Right, so beginning in mid-February, we updated the brain of our system. We went from an Amex system to a Crestron system and that just gives the functionality, so at 8:15, all of the lights and exhibits come on and at 4:45, they all turn off and so it's been really great, because we found a lot of things that we didn't know were broken or pieces of films, that we couldn't hear any longer, so we've just upgraded all of our speakers in the theater, so the sound is so much better, it's just amazing and we hear things, that we didn't hear before. We also have laser projectors, so that the film, that they watch, the introduction film is so much brighter. We've actually had board members ask if we had a new film, because it looked so much better. - And we'll land in that theater, if you will, - Yes. - in just a moment, but there, give us a feel for how many people actually come to the Center each year and what its capacity could be. - So each year, right now with our free admission, we are seeing that our attendance is rising. We are about 142% above average with the free admission, so we usually see around 30,000 people and we're hoping, especially with the eclipse, that we will break that 100,000 mark. - This year? - This year. - Annually. Aubrey, there are interactive displays in all of the Galleries, but also here in the Pony Express Gallery. What can viewers, what can visitors come and see? - So, after they learn about the Pony Express, they can go over and see our Telegraph Station and that of course, replaced the Pony Express, but they can hit the wire and see how many stops it took and then there's a wheel that spins and lets them know, was there, the telegraph delayed. Sometimes the buffalo would get to rubbing along those poles and knock 'em over and so it's just a really interesting way for people to see what it took to get a letter or a message from one end of the country to the other. - Before we move on to what greets people when they actually come into the museum, it really strikes me that this is an age-appropriate museum for little ones to older folks like me. - Oh, definitely, yes. - Does it make it hard to keep this Center fresh for everyone? - It does, that is a challenge, but I think that most people, they want those kind of critical thinking skills, from young to old and more hands-on, "What does this feel like," and you know, that touch is very important and that's why we're looking at trying to, with new exhibits coming in, really touch on that human experience, so you know, maybe sitting around a campfire, listening to people write in their journals overnight and smelling the sage burning or buffalo chips, because sometimes that was all they had. So we want to keep it engaging for both and that's why we're looking forward, when we have the tablets come in, that we're launching in July, that that will hopefully bring families closer together and they can experience the Trails. - And these will be tablets, just like this one? - Yes. - As they're walking through the museum, they'll be cued to notice certain things? - They will, and it's going to ask, "Are you taking the Mormon Trail, the California "or the Oregon Trail?" and each one will have a different level of difficulty, but it's kind of, the game will start out, where you're in your bedroom and you're kind of teleported to the past, and so what are you going to take with you? You might have your cellphone, but is that GPS going to work? So it really lets the younger generation understand that those, the technology, that we have today was not available then and it might just spark some things that older folks forgot, that happened along the Trails, but when you go into each Gallery, we'll also maybe ping a certain thing, so, "Look at the bison mount "and why were the bison important, not only to the Natives, "but to the immigrants coming across?" - Well we definitely wanna show people what they see, when they first come into the Center. - Yes. - The movie is stunning - Thank you. - and it's a panoramic style movie that people, I don't think are used to seeing. - Right. - Let's head on over there. - It sounds good. - OK. (melancholy pipe music) - Aubrey, we have about a minute left. We're here in Footsteps Theater - Yes. - and this is what people see, when they first walk in the doors of the Historic Trails Center. Why named the Footstep Theater? - The name of the film is Footsteps, Footsteps to the West, and so this is showing, that you know, immigrants, most of them had to walk and so it was their footsteps, that came across Wyoming. - And we'll show as best we can the beautiful panoramic movie, that we've talked about earlier, - Yes. - That it really is standing in, this is one of the upgrades that you hope to even improve upon and make better? - We are, yes. - What do you wanna do? - Well, the screens are 15 years old and with new technology, with the new laser projectors that we have, it's a little difficult to get everything to conform, so we are looking at just adding in one continuous screen. It will still be the panoramic, but we are just trying to make it so that it looks fantastic. - Aubrey, I'm sure you would invite all viewers, that are watching this evening to come and join you here at the National Historic Trails interpretive Center at Casper. - Yes, definitely. - Thank you so much for joining us on Wyoming Chronicle. - Thank you. - It's been a pleasure. - Thank you. (dynamic music)

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Current listings by county

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The following are approximate tallies of current listings in Wyoming on the National Register of Historic Places. These counts are based on entries in the National Register Information Database as of April 24, 2008[2] and new weekly listings posted since then on the National Register of Historic Places web site.[3] There are frequent additions to the listings and occasional delistings, and the counts here are not official. Also, the counts in this table exclude boundary increase and decrease listings which modify the area covered by an existing property or district and which carry a separate National Register reference number.

County # of Sites
1 Albany 41
2 Big Horn 23
3 Campbell 4
4 Carbon 49
5 Converse 23
6 Crook 13
7 Fremont 34
8 Goshen 7
9 Hot Springs 10
10 Johnson 27
11 Laramie 55
12 Lincoln 12
13 Natrona 39
14 Niobrara 6
15 Park 41
16 Platte 11
17 Sheridan 27
18 Sublette 22
19 Sweetwater 35
20 Teton 58
21 Uinta 13
22 Washakie 6
23 Weston 6
(duplicates) (6)[4]
Total: 556

See also

References

  1. ^ "National Register of Historic Places: Weekly List Actions". National Park Service, United States Department of the Interior. Retrieved on December 21, 2018.
  2. ^ National Park Service (2008-04-24). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.
  3. ^ "National Register of Historic Places: Weekly List Actions". National Park Service. Retrieved January 2, 2009.
  4. ^ The following sites are listed in multiple counties: Cheyenne-Black Hills Stage Route and Rawhide Buttes and Running Water Stage Stations (Goshen and Niobrara), Como Bluff (Albany and Carbon), Dean Decker Site (48FR916; 48SW541) (Fremont and Sweetwater), Norris, Madison, and Fishing Bridge Museums (Park and Teton), Tom Sun Ranch (Carbon and Natrona), and Union Pass (Fremont and Sublette)
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