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Release Date: 05/28/13
Contacts: Lesley A. Elser    

Trails Center Celebrates Pioneer Days:
Annual Reenactment Brings Pioneer History to Life

Ride in a historic wagon, enjoy blacksmithing demonstrations, and throw tomahawks at the National Historic Trails Interpretive Center (NHTIC) Pioneer Days.

 Dave Osmundsen will bring a 19th century blacksmith shop to the Trails Center for Pioneer Days. 
Dave Osmundsen will bring a 19th century blacksmith shop to the Trails Center for Pioneer Days, June 15 - 16.
Pioneer Days, the Trails Center’s annual reenactment of pioneer history, will take place June 15 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and on June 16 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.  This family-friendly event is free and open to the public.

This year’s reenactment includes the following:

  • Wagon Rides
    Ride in a historic wagon. The restored wagon was originally used at Fort Fetterman, a remote Army fort that helped protect emigrants on the Bozeman Trail.
  • Blacksmithing Demonstrations
    Watch a blacksmith swing a hammer and forge iron. Enjoy demonstrations by Dave Osmundsen, a blacksmith from Buffalo, Wyo. Osmundsen will show, from start to finish, how a 19th century blacksmith would forge the necessary items to help pioneers settle, develop and prosper. Osmundsen has been a blacksmith since 1976.
  • Pony Express Reenactments
    Cheer on Pony Express reenactors! Wyoming members of the National Pony Express Association (NPEA) will reennact the handoff of a mochilla at the Trails Center’s reproduction of a Pony Express station.
  • Cannon firing Demonstrations
    The Living History Team from the Junior Reserve Officer Training Corp (ROTC) of Natrona County High School will demonstrate the firing of a replica 1841 mountain howitzer.
  • Tomahawk throwing
    See if you have the skill to hit the target.
  • Gold Panning
    Learn how to pan for gold. Members of the Casper Chapter of the Gold Prospectors Association will demonstrate the traditional practice of panning for gold. Although the chances of “striking it rich” are slim to none, visitors may discover a gem stone at the bottom of their pans. Finders, keepers! 

Other activities and demonstrations include: Dutch oven cooking, a reproduction tipi, frontier Army and Calvary life.

For more information, contact Alex Rose at the NHTIC, (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 seasonal hours, and is open Tuesday – Sunday, 8:00 a.m. to 5 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: 05-28-2013