National Historic Trails Interpretive Center The National Historic Trails Interpretive Center is a cooperative partnership between BLM, the National Historic Trails Center Foundation, and the City of Casper. The Trails Center interprets the significant role of the area’s historic trails in the history of the United States, and seeks to promote public understanding of both America’s western Native cultures and historic westward expansion while highlighting BLM's role as active stewards of public lands.
- Fall/Spring Hours
September 7 - May 23
Open: Tuesday - Saturday
9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
- Summer Hours
May 24 - September 6
Open: Tuesday - Sunday
8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
- Closed - Most federal holidays
Questions on planning your visit?
Please call 307-261-7780 to verify specific dates and times.
- Attention all Kids: NHTIC is Free!
- Individual rates range from $4-6, FREE admission for youth 15 and under.
- Education rates, group rates and annual passes available.
- Federal Passports - Senior Pass, Annual Pass & Access Pass - are
honored with existing benefits.
- All visitors are admitted free of charge on designated "Fee Free" days.
- Detailed fee information.
- GOLD! GOLD! GOLD!
Aug. 1, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Rick Messina and George Vandel of the Casper Chapter of the Gold Prospectors Association of America share their thoughts on the past, present and future outlook of gold in Wyoming. Gold prospecting and mining districts in Wyoming will be discussed and a gold panning demonstration will take place.
Aug. 2, 1 p.m.
Most children of early America did not have much time for play. But when they did, they took part in such simple pleasures as playing marbles, jacks, Jacob’s ladder, jaw harp, graces and jumping rope. Join NHTIC volunteer Jean Smart as she illuminates the most popular of these early American pastimes.
- Fastest Mail in the West
Aug. 15, 1 p.m.
The Pony Express, more commonly just called “the Pony,” caught the imagination of many during its existence and it still captures our imagination today. Although it lasted only a short time, the Pony is forever a part of American history. Join National Pony Express Association members as they share this remarkable story. A Pony Express rider, horse and Mochilla will be on hand.
- The Traveling Medicine Show
Aug. 16, 1 p.m.
From the mid-1800s to the 1940s, one of the first forms of medicine to reach frontier America was the traveling Medicine Show. Part entertainment, part scam and part real medicine, these “shows" traveled the west with their miracle cures. The presenter will give you an example of what these shows were like, followed by a question and answer period.
- 1854 Grattan Massacre
Aug. 19, 1 p.m.
On August 19, this battle signaled the opening engagement of 41 years of conflict between the Plains Indians and United States Army. Learn about the events leading up to this tragic event as well as details of the battle as it unfolded that day. NHTIC Interpreter Shawn Wade reveals this story from witness accounts of those that were present that day.
- Roho Delgado: Military Soldier and Galvanized Yankee
Aug. 22, 1 p.m.
After being captured at the Battle of Antietam in 1862, “Private” Delgado, a prisoner of war and Confederate Soldier, was given the choice of staying put, or going out west as a “Galvanized Yankee” to protect the telegraph lines. Join us as NHTIC volunteer Daniel Mattern presents the life and times of Mr. Delgado as well as vivid, hands-on descriptions of his military uniform.
- Trail Journeys: Civilian Life and Hardships, 1840-1860s
Aug. 23, 1 p.m.
As families headed west along the pioneer trails, hardships became a common occurrence. Men, women and children all were tasked with specific roles and responsibilities. Join us as NHTIC volunteer Daniel Mattern shares these stories concerning the daily life, chores and trail experiences by a pioneer wagon train party.
- Pioneer Fiddle Music
Aug. 29, 1 p.m.
Various musical instruments were played for dancing at the end of a long day on the pioneer trail, and to entertain the Native Americans pioneers encountered along the way. Come clap your hands and tap your feet as local musical talents, Kim, Ana and Rachel Merchant perform and present the history of many popular tunes of the era.
Trails Center | 1501 North Poplar Street | Casper, WY 82601
307-261-7700 | Fax: 307-261-7798