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Release Date: 07/18/11
Contacts: Lesley A. Collins    

Trails Center Announces Pioneer Days:
Event Brings Wyoming History to Life

Smell the whiff of gun smoke, touch a historic wagon, and dance a jig at a reenactment of pioneer days held at the National Historic Trails Interpretive Center (NHTIC).

The event, free and open to the public, is on Aug. 6 from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., and on Aug. 7 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission to the Trails Center is also free Aug. 6 and 7.

 pioneer reenactors
 pioneer reenactors
During the event, frontier army reenactors will perform drills and discuss the hardship and rigors of military life. Other demonstrations include pioneer life, infantry and artillery firing demonstrations, traditional children's games, Dutch oven cooking, a whiskey tent, and a snake oil salesman.

The event includes tents for officers, infantrymen, and cavalrymen, as well as horses, and a restored 1866 military escort wagon. The wagon was originally used at Fort Fetterman, a remote army fort that helped protect emigrants on the Bozeman Trail.

On Aug. 6, at 7p.m., pioneer reenactors will celebrate the last crossing of the North Platte River with music, dancing, and Dutch oven cooking demonstrations. The public is invited to join reenactors and living historians as they celebrate this important milestone during the western migration.

For more information, contact Alex Rose at (307) 261-7780.

The NHTIC is a part of the BLM's National Landscape Conservation System (NLCS). The areas of the NLCS are specifically designed to conserve, protect and restore the exceptional scientific, natural, cultural, ecological, historical, and recreation values of these treasured landscapes.

The NHTIC is a public-private partnership between the BLM and the National Historic Trails Center Foundation. The facility is located at 1501 N. Poplar Street, Casper, Wyo. The Center is currently operating on summer hours, and is open daily, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 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.

Trails Center   1501 North Poplar Street      Casper, WY 82601  

Last updated: 07-20-2011