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National Historic Trails Interpretive Center
Release Date: 07/16/09
Contacts: Lesley A. Collins 307-261-7603    

Trails Center Announces a Summer Evening Program: "Bessemer Bend: An Evening of History and Recreation"

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) National Historic Trails Interpretive Center (NHTIC) presents, "Bessemer Bend: An Evening of History and Recreation," at the Bessemer Bend Historic Site.

Jason Vlcan.

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The presentation, free and open to the public, is from 6 to 8 p.m., Saturday, July 18. Participants will meet at the Trails Center, 1505 Poplar St. in Casper, Wyo., at 6 p.m. and caravan to Bessemer Bend in their own personal vehicles. Bessemer Bend is located approximately 10 miles west of Casper off of Highway 220.

For western immigrants following the North Platte River, Bessemer Bend provided the last opportunity to ford the river. Jason Vlcan, an interpreter at the Trails Center, will present a talk about the significance of Bessemer Bend to both Wyoming and U.S. history.

Following the 20-minute talk, participants are welcome to enjoy family fun by the river. The public is encouraged to bring picnic baskets, footballs, Frisbees and fishing poles.

This event is part of the Trails Center’s summer evening program series. For more information contact Alex Rose at the NHTIC, (307) 261-7780.

The NHTIC is a public-private partnership between the BLM and the National Historic Trails Center Foundation. The Center is currently operating on summer hours, and is open daily, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.

The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM's mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. In Fiscal Year 2015, the BLM generated $4.1 billion in receipts from activities occurring on public lands.

National Historic Trails Interpretive Center   1501 North Poplar Street      Casper, WY 82601  

Last updated: 07-16-2009