September 18, 2006
Contact: Andrew Tkach
National Public Lands Day event planned for
Gebo/Crosby Historic Site
In celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Antiquities Act, the Bureau of Land Management and Hot Springs County Museum and Cultural Center will kickoff a multi-year project to develop a public trail and interpretive site at the Gebo/Crosby Historic Coal Mining District, located 11 miles north of Thermopolis.
The Gebo/Crosby Coal Mining District was part of the original discovery of coal in the Bighorn Basin, and the area’s largest coal producer in the early 20th century. A t its zenith, Gebo’s population surpassed 2,000, and it was home to a pool hall, school, bank, boarding houses, and a town band. The remains of many structures are present to this day, however recreational use of the area has increased the need for an interpretive site.
This year’s National Public Lands Day event takes place Saturday, September 30, and focuses on placing interpretive signs in the area, and helping with general clean up/ pick up. Registration will be at 8:30 am. Follow Highway 20 to County Road 18 (11 miles north of Thermopolis). Travel west one mile to County Road 30. Turn southwest and continue one and one-half miles to the project site. Signs will be posted.
National Public Lands Day is an annual opportunity to enjoy your public lands, help a worthy cause, and meet people with similar interests. This year, volunteers will also be able to embrace a part of Wyoming’s colorful past. Participants will be given work gloves, an NPLD T-shirt, a public land free-use coupon, and a limited edition 2006 NPLD poster. Lunch will also be provided. Volunteers should wear sturdy footwear and bring water, and clothing appropriate for weather conditions. Unaccompanied volunteers under the age of 18 must have written permission.
For more information or questions regarding this event, please contact: Nancy Baker at 307-347-5112, or Nancy_Baker@blm.gov.