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National Historic Trails Interpretive Center

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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.

Hours

  • 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.

 

Fees

  • 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.

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Upcoming Events

  • William Henry Jackson: Frontier Photographer *Cancelled*
    July 4, 1 p.m. 
    The frontier photographs of William H. Jackson documented more than just the Western landscape; they chronicled the expansion of the America. Join us as local historian, Tom Rea, shares some early photographs and information from this fascinating frontier photographer
  • Matchmaking on the Western Frontier 
    July 11, 1 p.m. 
    This presentation will be an entertaining look at the serious business of finding a husband or wife by mail in the wide-open days of the Old West.
  • “The Oregon Trail” – Book Signing and Presentation
    July 18, 1 p.m. 
    Connecticut journalist Rinker Buck traversed the Oregon Trail from Missouri to Oregon in 2011 by wagon with his brother Nick. Join us at the National Historic Trails Interpretive Center at 1 p.m. on Saturday, July 18 to hear the author's account of highlights from their journey.
  • 11th Ohio Volunteer Cavalry
    July 19, 1 p.m. 
    The original men who enlisted in the 11th Ohio Volunteer Cavalry did so to fight the south in the American Civil War, but they were soon sent to the high plains of the west. While spending three years out in the windy expanses of the plains, they were tasked with keeping hundreds of miles of telegraph line, overland trails and roads open. Join us as Con Trumbull, 11th Ohio Volunteer Calvary re-enactor, shares their story.
  • 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.
  • Playtime
    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