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Delight in the splendor of southwest Wyoming!
Across the vast, high desert vistas to the majestic, snow-capped mountain
peaks, and into the quaint, western-oriented communities that make up south-
west Wyoming, travelers will discover a place unlike any other, host to dozens of
fascinating sites to visit and entertaining things to do. Casual visitors and dedicated
adventurers alike will find a lot to like in this unique part of the West.
From hiking and biking to horseback riding and fossil hunting, the surrounding
wilderness areas beckon visitors to experience the wonder of the great outdoors.
Travel a scenic byway to dozens of nearby camping sites, and find miles of rec-
reational trails. Cast a fishing line across a crystal clear, alpine lake as a doe and her
fawns wander into view. Or soak in the sun and feel the spray of the waves, boating
across one of the areas many reservoirs.
For those who prefer city sidewalks to dusty, country roads, there is plenty to do and see in town.
Take in a concert or celebration, such as the Oyster Ridge Music Festival in Kemmerer, Pioneer Days in Lyman or Cowboy
Days in Evanston, and visit curio shops, or the J.C. Penney Flagship store in Kemmerer. Jog along a peaceful pathway where
meadowlarks croon a distinctive melody, or picnic alongside a rippling stream beneath a whispering cottonwood tree. Tee off
at Purple Sage Golf Course in Evanston or Fossil Island Golf Course in Kemmerer, or take in a movie or a stage production at a
local community theater. The entertainment possibilities are endless.
True to its Wild West reputation, visitors can also enjoy any number of western-inspired events, such as the annual Evan-
ston Rodeo Series or the Fort Bridger Mountain Man Rendezvous. Watch as cowboys compete, roping cattle and riding broncos
and bulls, or take a step back in time to see how Native Americans and mountain men survived in the Old West.
The southwest gateway into the Cowboy State is brimming with possibilities for adventures sure to captivate any guest,
young or old. Discover a land rich in western lore and hospitality, yet vibrant with modern innovations and novelties.
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Index
WELCOME Historic Depot Square...................... 24 Fishing............................................. 37
Evanstons Historic Roundhouse Fort Bridger Rendezvous................... 39
Our Communities............................... 4 & Railyards................................... 25 Fossilfest ........................................ 39
Museums......................................... 26
PLACES Tri-State Monument.......................... 31
Golf................................................. 40
Exploring southwest Wyomings open Hunting ........................................... 40
Names Hill....................................... 31 Ice fishing........................................ 41
roads............................................ 13
Bear Lake........................................ 14 ACTIVITIES Oyster Ridge Music Festival.............. 41
The Bear River Greenway.................. 16 ATVing the High Uintas..................... 32 Pine Creek Ski Resort....................... 41
Bear River Ice Ponds........................ 16 Bear River Rendezvous..................... 32 Pioneer Days Celebration................. 42
Bear River State Park ...................... 17 Ceili at the Roundhouse Pony Express Re-Ride....................... 42
Chinese Gazebo Garden................... 17 Celtic Festival............................... 33 Raspberry Days................................ 42
South Lincoln Training and Cinco de Mayo Fiesta....................... 33 Roundhouse Festival........................ 43
Event Center.............................. 17 County Fairs..................................... 33 Sled Dog Race................................. 43
Fossil Butte National Monument...... 18 Cowboy Days................................... 34 Snowmobiling.................................. 43
Fort Bridger State Historic Site......... 18 Cross-country Skiing........................ 34 Snowshoeing................................... 44
J.C. Penney Mother Store and Museum. Dolittle Car Show............................. 35 Uinta County Concert Series............. 44
.................................................... 20 Evanston Bluegrass Festival............. 35 Wyoming Downs............................... 45
The Lincoln Highway......................... 20 Evanston BrewFest........................... 36
The Oregon-California Trail................ 20 Farmers Market................................ 36 CALENDAR
Ghost towns of Southwest Wyoming.22 Evanston Rodeo Series.................... 37 of EVENTS......................... 45

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BRIDGER VALLEY from page 4
established a supply post on the Blacks Fork of the Green River to cater to emi-
grants moving west, as the westward migration started along the Oregon Trail and
other trails.
Lyman, Mountain View and Fort Bridger are the three main towns of the Bridger
Valley. Smaller communities in the area include McKinnon and Burnt Fork, Robert-
son, Carter, Urie, Lonetree and Millburne. These sites form a nucleus for the sur-
rounding ranching areas, and a place for people to identify as their hometowns.
Carter, once a thriving railroad town, is now just a spot on the line. There are still
a few residents who claim Carter as their hometown. The depot no longer stands. An
abandoned hotel sits near the track, lending silent testimony to the need of a room for a night. The town received its name from
Judge W.A. Carter, the first post sutler of Fort Bridger, when it was a military post.
These communities in Bridger Valley beckon visitors and residents alike to take driving tours to see the outer edges of the lush
green valley known as the Bridger Valley.

Fort Bridger
So many firsts happened at Fort Bridger, a town that can trace its existence to the mid-1800s when Mountain Man Jim Bridger
opened a supply post on the westward trails for the early pioneers.
Bridger was a free trapper, a man who didnt answer to any company. He saw the demand for fur was on its way out as Eastern
gentlemen were no longer wearing top hats made from beaver pelts. But the country had started to move West and Go West, young
man became a cry for the nation. In addition, Fort Bridger had the first newspaper in Wyoming, the first schoolhouse, the first
piano west of the Mississippi and so much more. The town boasts one of the oldest postmarks, as well. The use of the mail system in
the area can be traced back to the days of the Pony Express, when Fort Bridger was a stop along the services route.
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FORT BRIDGER from page 6
American Legion Post 36 hosts an annual July 4 celebration, complete with
parade and barbecue. Patriotism comes alive to visitors and residents in the
Valley with this celebration in Fort Bridger.
All westward travel passed through Fort Bridger including the Stagecoach
line and later the Lincoln Highway.
The Jim Bridger Trading Post in town is an actual business that was on the
Lincoln Highway. The Black and Orange Cabins and the office buildings of the state site are listed as facilities that existed on the
old Lincoln Highway route, now part of the I-80 Interstate across southern Wyoming.
Lyman
Lyman offers many amenities in a small town atmosphere. It is one of the
oldest towns in Uinta County. As the town has grown, it has stayed community-
oriented and has an excellent school system.
The town boasts a walking path from the high school into town. In addi-
tion, the southwest end of town joins the walking path that travels through the
Bridger Valley along the Lincoln Highway corridor to Fort Bridger. Both paths
are excellent for walkers and runners, and are used year-round by outdoor
enthusiasts.
The Heritage Farm and town park are excellent for family gatherings or
celebrations. The Bridger Valley Heritage Museum is in the Lyman Town Hall. It preserves and showcases the heritage of the val-
ley. Lyman hosts a Pioneer Day Celebration in July. It includes a parade, ranch rodeos, barbecue and events relating to Lymans
heritage. The town also hosts the Bridger Valley Christmas Festival in December.
Find out more about Lyman at www. lymanwy.com.

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Knife & Hawk Competition
Kids Games & Candy Cannons
Mountain Man Run
Cooking Contests Traders Row
Native American Dancers
Entertainment for the entire family
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Primitive camping available For Local Information, contact the For more information, contact:
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Mountain View
Mountain View promotes itself as the Gateway to the High Uintas.
With a panoramic view of the rugged Uinta Mountains, Mountain View
offers year round access to the Wasatch-Cache National Forest, Flaming
Gorge Reservoir and the beautiful Southwest Badlands.
Mountain View derived its name from a ranch at the base of the moun-
tain, nestledon the northern slope of the Uintas. The town was platted
on Feb. 26, 1898, signed by W. H. Harvey, and recorded March 30, 1898.
Mountain View offers a peaceful, small town atmosphere. The town park
often plays host to Valley events such as Little League baseball during the
summer. It and the scenic river walk offer a safe place for rest and relaxation, and is inviting to visitors and residents alike.
Find out more about Mountain View at www.mountainviewwyoming.net.

Cokeville
This western town, located on the old Oregon Trail and U.S. Highway 30, has a history that reads like fiction, including stories
of the Whitney Brothers and the robbery of the State Bank of Cokeville; early female political activist Ethel Huckvale Stoner,
elected over 80 years ago; and the Cokeville miracles of 1986, documented in the 2006 book Witness to Miracles: The Cokeville
Elementary School Bombing.
After several decades on the map, the sage-covered land of Cokeville was finally incorporated in 1910. With the addition of
railroad access, the town became a popular place for sheep ranching, peaking in 1918 when the town was informally known as the
sheep capital of the world.
During the winter, the Pine Creek Ski Area provides great runs. Lake Alice is a scenic drive and short hike away, and the moun-
tains call to hunters, fishermen, snowmobilers and nature lovers year-round.
Today, Cokeville boasts a small school system with top-notch academics and athletics, a municipal airport, senior center, and is
home to the Pioneer Stockmans Rodeo Arena.
Located south of Cokeville is the Cokeville Meadows National Wildlife Refuge, part of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services Na-
tional Wildlife Refuge System. The Cokeville refuge was established in 1993, and its wetlands provide excellent habitat for a variety
of migratory and resident wildlife species. Fortunately for wildlife, but unfortunately for visitors, the refuge is currently closed to
public access, except for a wildlife viewing station located on Hwy 30 approximately 10 miles south of Cokeville.
For more information about the Cokeville community, visit www.cokevillewy.com

Diamondville
Diamondville was named for the glittering, high quality coal black diamonds discovered in the area by Harrison Church.
He identified a rich vein of the valuable fossil fuel in 1868, and began searching for investors to establish a mine.
People of many ethnic backgrounds came to work in the mine, and many residents still remember dances at the Finn Hall. Local
residents who are descendants of original Italian families that settled the area still pass on recipes brought to the area from the old
country.
Housing in the early days was scarce, and many people lived in shacks and dugouts in the sides of a hill. Living conditions im-
proved after the town was incorporated and platted in 1898, however. A three-cell jail, the Rock Grocery Building and the Moun-
tain Trading Store were built out of rock hauled from a nearby quarry.
The Diamondville mine closed in 1928, but a retaining wall along Highway 189 in lower Diamondville celebrates the towns min-
ing legacy, and includes artwork that honors the 99 miners who died in a tragic 1923 mine explosion.
Find out more at www.diamondvillewyo.com

Kemmerer
Coal mining, quarrying, ranching and oil and gas development have been the economic mainstays of Kemmerer since its found-
ing in 1897. Today, descendants of many of the original mining families still live and work in Kemmerer, and many of the original
ranching families continue to operate in the area.
The Kemmerer business district is centered around the town Triangle, one of only a few such triangles in the country. The
Triangle is the hub of the towns summer activities, which include FossilFest and the Oyster Ridge Music Festival, the largest free
music festival in the state.
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KEMMERER from page 9
Kemmerer is known as the Fossil Fish Capital of the World as a result of its
location relative to the Green River Formation, a fossil-rich rock unit that pro-
duces large volumes of fossil fish. Fossil hunters from all over the world come to
the Kemmerer area to tap into its fossil fish bounty.
Fossil Butte National Monument, about 12 miles north of town, is a great place
to visit to learn about the areas prehistory, and there are also several private quar-
ries in the area where individuals can dig for their own fossils.
Kemmerer, although small, boasts two famous sons: former L.A. Lakers owner
Jerry Buss, and James Cash Penney.
Penney opened his first store, the Golden Rule Store, in 1902 in downtown
Kemmerer. He eventually developed the JC Penney nationwide retail chain, but
the Mother Store still graces the Triangle. Penneys former home, now a mu-
seum, is located just down the block from the store, and is open for tours in the summer months.
Visitors and residents can learn more about the areas history by visiting the Fossil Country Museum. And for those who love
the outdoors, the area is perfect from snowmobiling to fishing, four-wheeling to hiking to golf, there is a lot of everything for
everyone in Kemmerer.
Find out more about Kemmerer at www.kemmerer.org or www.fossilbasin.org.

LaBarge
Established in 1935, LaBarge is a tiny mountain town north of Kemmerer on
U.S. Highway 189 at the north end of Lincoln County, just across the line from
Sublette County. Some consider it a place to stop off on the way to the Grand
Tetons or Yellowstone, but LaBarge is the ideal place to stay and play awhile.
LaBarge is know as the Home of the Frontier Trapper. If its breathtaking
scenery and the peaceful surroundings arent enough to attract visitors, the low
crime rate and laid-back lifestyle will do it.
Hunting and fishing are big industries in the area. Located on the Green
River and LaBarge Creek, and near Fontenelle Dam, LaBarge is an ideal spot
for the outdoorsman. Nestled in the Rocky Mountains at almost 8,000 feet, this small community of about 500 residents is an
ideal place to take a break from the hustle and bustle of the big city.
And despite its small size, there are a variety of activities for residents offered through many local organizations, including
churches, the library, community center, senior center and local elementary school.
The town hosts an Independence Day celebration every year that is complete with a community breakfast, parade, team roping,
concessions, live music, recreational activities and, of course, fireworks.
Other annual activities include a beach party in June and the Dolittle Car Show in August. Both events are held on the towns
main thoroughfare, and organized through the community-minded Eagle Bar.
Stop by the town of LaBarge when youre in the area. It truly is a city for all seasons!

Rich County, Utah


Rich County, Utah, with a population of just over 2,000, located in the northeastern portion of the Beehive State and 123 miles
from Salt Lake City, offers a unique, outdoor experience. Rich County is home to portions of the majestic Bear Lake, which offers
110 square miles of surface area and excellent water conditions, making it a hub for water sports and vacationers.
In the early 1800s, trappers and traders first came to Rich County in search of new hunting grounds. They camped on the
shores of Bear Lake to trade, a tradition still honored today at the Bear Lake State Park.
Named for Charles C. Rich, an early apostle of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, early LDS leader Brigham Young
and others guided small colonies south from Idaho to hospitable sites along the Bear River, through Rich County. The current
towns of Randolph, the county seat, and Woodruff were among these settlements in the early 1870s.
The largest town in the county, Garden City, is host to numerous festivals and events throughout the year, including Raspberry
Days, held the first week of August, which draws tens of thousands of visitors from all around to enjoy a variety of events and
purchase luscious extravagances from the annual raspberry harvest in the area.
Another event is the Bear Lake Chocolate Festival, held annually in February.
Find out more about Rich County, Utah, at www.richcountyut.org.

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Uinta County
Uinta County, the southwestern-most county in Wyoming, was
named for the Uintah Indians, and in their language the word means
healing waters. The county covers nearly 2,000 square miles.
Formed in 1869, Uinta County has seen its share of change, most
noticeably in its size and its highways.
When Uinta County was first designated, it covered the entire west-
ern Wyoming border. Yellowstone National Park was a part of Uinta
County between the years of 1872 and 1911. But in 1911, Uinta County
was reduced to its current size, making it the second smallest county in
the state.
In 1919, the U.S. Government deployed a military convoy to travel
across the states to see how long it would take to respond if there were
an invasion on the West Coast, as well as to show the need for a better
highway system. Evanston thus became a city on that route, which
eventually became the Lincoln Highway.
A young man destined to be president was on that convoy and would change travel through Evanston forever Lt. Col. Dwight
D. Eisenhower. Eisenhower was 29 at the time, and in command of the tank corps. Traversing the Lincoln Highway, many vehicles
became stuck, battered and broken.
As U.S. President, Eisenhower enacted the Federal Aid Highway Act in 1956. This act brought Interstate 80 through Uinta
County and allowed for better travel, bringing more visitors into the county.
Uinta Countys fortunes have alternately risen and fallen since that time, largely based on the growth and contraction of the
energy and natural resource industries. Today, the county continues to benefit from oil, gas, coal and wind energy production, as
well as a burgeoning tourism industry.
Find out more about Uinta County at www.uintacounty.com.

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Exploring Wyomings open roads
Southwest Wyoming is home to five of the nations scenic byways: the Mirror Lake Scenic Byway; the Flaming Gorge-Green River
Basin Scenic Byway; the Bridger Valley Historic Byway; the Muddy Creek Historic Byway; and the Big Spring Scenic Backway.
The National Scenic Byways (NSB) Program was established in 1991, and reauthorized in 1998 and 2005. Under the program,
roads may be recognized for their archaeological, cultural, historic, natural, recreational or scenic qualities. Americas byways are
gateways to adventure, where no two experiences are the same.

Mirror Lake Scenic Byway


Ancestral tracks, footprints and wheels from wildlife, Native Americans,
mountain men, pioneers and countless forms of transportation have been im-
printed on the land adjacent to this byway.
Driving time in Wyoming is about 20 minutes, while the entire Mirror Lake
Scenic Byway can take two to three hours, depending on the interests of the visi-
tor. The Mirror Lake Scenic Byway runs from Evanston, Wyo., to Kamas, Utah,
through the western portion of the Uinta Mountains. It is reached by taking
Wyoming Highway 150 south of Evanston off Interstate 80. After about 20 miles,
Highway 150 reaches the Wyoming/Utah border and continues as Utah High-
way 150, taking travelers into Utahs Uinta Mountains and the Wasatch-Cache
National Forest.
The Wyoming section of the Mirror Lake Scenic Byway provides southbound travelers with a panoramic view of the Uinta Moun-
tains. This Scenic Byway route peaks at an elevation of 10,620 feet on Bald Mountain Pass.

Bridger Valley Historic Byway and Muddy Creek Historic Backway


The Bridger Valley Historic Byway consists of two sections of high-
way in Bridger Valley. One section is Business I-80, beginning at the
Fort Bridger Interchange (exit 34) and proceeding eastward through
the towns of Fort Bridger, Urie and Lyman before connecting back to
I-80 at the Bridger Valley Interchange (exit 50). The other road sec-
tion is the first four miles of Wyoming Highway 410 running south
from Urie into Mountain View.
The Muddy Creek Historic Backway incorporates sections of
several county roads located south and west of Fort Bridger. The
backway route includes County Road 173, which begins at the Leroy
Interchange (exit 24) on I-80 and runs south to the old Piedmont
town site. It also includes a portion of County Road 202, the old
Lincoln Highway, and County Road 212, which closely parallels the
original Emigrant Trail used by 19th century pioneers headed for
Oregon, California and Utah.
Historic sites along the routes include the restored Fort Bridger and the Piedmont charcoal kilns. Remnants of the original trans-
continental railroad grade dating to the 1860s are visible north of Piedmont, and visitors can retrace the route once taken by Pony
Express riders.
In addition, the routes have scenic attributes, including views of the Uinta Mountains. Nearby are badlands which provided a
hideout for Butch Cassidy and his Wild Bunch gang of outlaws. All sections of the Bridger Valley Historic Byway are paved, and
are included on the state highway system. Conversely, most of the Muddy Creek Historic Backway consists of gravel roads, which
are maintained during the summer by the Uinta County Road and Bridge Department.

Big Spring Scenic Backway


Come cross the same creek the early pioneers waded through. During the years of 1841 to 1868, more than 350,000 emigrants
crossed Wyoming on their way westward to Utah, Oregon and California. You can still see tracks and ruts left by their wagons in
some places.
Take Wyoming Highway 233 north from Kemmerer. The paved portion of this road changes to oiled gravel north of Lake Viva
Naughton. Continue north, paralleling Hams Fork into Bridger National Forest, where the surface changes to loose gravel. This
is Forest Service Road 10062. Stay on this for 37 miles until the junction with Wyoming Highway 232. Turn onto Wyoming 232
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BIG SPRING from page 13
toward Cokeville. The surface becomes paved again 12 miles from Cokeville. A Bridger-Teton National
Forest Service map is available from the USFS office in Kemmerer and should be carried when traveling
this Scenic Backway for help in confirming direction and road numbers. Good tires are highly recom-
mended when traveling this Backway.
The Forest Service also recommends only high clearance vehicles westward from Kelley Guard Sta-
tion.
Historic markers at both ends of the Backway in Kemmerer and Cokeville commemorate the pio-
neers who traveled this way on the Oregon-California Trail and its numerous cutoffs.
At the Big Spring Picnic Area, Big Spring bubbles icy cold water from deep within a rocky hillside to
form a rackety waterfall, creating a perfect backdrop for recreation. Nearby picnic tables with fire grates
and shade make this a wonderful spot to while away an afternoon.

Flaming Gorge-Green River Basin Scenic Byway


This byway is the beginning of the spectacular red rock country of the Green River-Colorado
River drainage basin, which runs clear to the Grand Canyon.
You can tour Earths history from your vehicle. You will pass 20 interpretive signs indicating
rock formations and the fossils they contain, representing millions of years of time and trans-
formation. Overlooks, scenic pullouts, visitor centers and nature trails abound along the way.
Pick up a brochure with more information at any of the orientation centers.
While youre in the area, drive the Sheep Creek Geological Area Loop. Named after the
Rocky Mountain Bighorn sheep that inhabit the area, this site is dominated by the Uinta Crest
Fault, a section of folded and twisted rock that reveals millions of years of geological history.

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Bear Lake
A place for fun all year long, the Bear Lake Valley is a beautiful rural, historical and
recreational setting shared by Bear Lake County in the southeast corner of Idaho and Rich
County in the northeast corner of Utah.
The crown jewel of the valley is Bear Lake, a large, scenic lake often called the Carib-
bean of the Rockies for its intense turquoise blue water. Sitting on one of its many white,
sandy beaches, you can imagine yourself on your own little island.
The valley enjoys all four of natures seasons: spring, summer, autumn and winter.
Snow ski at two local ski resorts, or enjoy the splendor of cross-country skiing. Expe-
rience the rush of snowmobiling in April during the Snowmobile Hill Climbs at Beaver
Mountain Ski Resort.
Visitors can also enjoy a number of recreational and cultural activities. Jet ski across the turquoise water. Sail off into the sunset.
Hunt for the elusive mule deer, awesome moose or the majestic Rocky Mountain elk. Troll for huge mackinaw or cutthroat trout in
Bear Lake, or fly-fish for smaller brook and rainbow trout in the many mountain streams.
July will bring with it many fireworks displays across the Bear Lake area.
The Annual Raspberry Days festival will be held Aug. 3-5, in beautiful Garden City, Utah. The festival is a family fun event that
includes a parade, fireworks, a golf tournament, dance and more.
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The Bear River Greenway Evanstons river playground!
Walk, jog or bike the Bear River Greenway main trail from Bear River Drive to Bear River State
Park in Evanston. The main trail follows the Bear River, which offers excellent fishing and white
water activities for kayaking, rafting and tubing. For those wanting adventure, or a casual stroll, a
vigorous jog, or a chance to glimpse wildlife in its native habitat, the Bear River Greenway offers
myriad possibilities.
The Bear River Greenway links Evanstons historic downtown with the Ice Ponds, an area rich in
history and lore. The ponds served to keep produce cool on the long train ride east from the farm-
lands of California, in the days before refrigerated boxcars. From there, visitors can stroll various
nature trails, enjoy the Bear Tales fire circle, and view live elk and buffalo exhibits at the Bear River State Park and Travel Informa-
tion Center, east of Evanston. The Bear River Greenway links them all for an afternoon walk, a daylong adventure, or a scenic jog.
In addition, fitness enthusiasts can enjoy the newly installed Rotary Fitness Trail, a section of trail with exercise and fitness stations
appropriate for all ages and fitness levels.
Families can enjoy a day at the ponds, and the Bear River offers a multitude of swimming holes along the length of the trail. The
clear refreshing water is perfect for wading, floating, and swimming. Families can also enjoy a barbecue at the Bear River Pavilion,
located near the Bear Ponds, complete with fire pits, picnic tables and shelter from the sun.
Winter also offers residents and guests of Evanston fun at the Greenway and ponds. Cross country skiing is an activity that is
healthy and fun for all ages available along the Greenway and Bear Ponds areas in the winter months. Groomed paths outdoors en-
thusiasts to ski or snowshoe into the backcountry, only a short distance from town, in the Wyoming State Park. The trails run along
the frozen waters of the Bear River, offering a pristine glimpse of nature at its finest.
Ice-skating on the Bear Ponds is an activity for the whole family to enjoy in the crisp winter air.

Bear River Ice Ponds Evanston


One of the main recreational activities in wintertime is ice skating. Evanston is fortunate to have the ice ponds, which are not
only picturesque, but are also a natural ice surface.
Steve Liechty, recreation center division manager, said one of the main winter attractions in the community is skating at the ice
ponds. He said there was a long period of time when water wasnt run through the ponds, and they went dry. But they were refilled
and reopened in the 1980s.
Weve been doing the ice skating at the ponds since that time as long as the ice is good enough to skate on, Liechty said.
The Bear River ice ponds are an iconic piece of Evanstons vast history. The ponds originally were used as an icing station. From
about 1897 through the 1920s, a distinctive feature of the Evanston landscape was the icing station. It was created as a joint venture
between the Union Pacific Railroad and the Pacific Fruit Express Company of California.
By 1914, the icing station included two large ponds and nine wooden ice houses located along the railroad tracks. Many of the
icing stations workers were single men from Greece and Turkey who lived in small shacks that surrounded the ice ponds. These
workers harvested ice in the winter and stored it in the ice houses. When produce cars arrived at the station, ice blocks were deliv-
ered via conveyor to a long shed next to the railroad tracks. Men used tongs to carry and drop blocks of ice into hatches at either
end of the produce cars. By the early 1920s, faster trains and electric refrigeration made the icing station obsolete.
Liechty said the parks department measures the ice every day to make sure it is the proper thickness for people to walk on, and
for skating. He said they maintain the ice the best that they can, depending on Mother Nature.
We only allow hockey to be played in designated areas on the ice. Sticks and pucks should be kept off the main slab of ice that
is used for skaters. The hockey equipment needs to be kept in those designated areas to ensure safety, Liechty said.
Liechty said there is an annual family ice-skating party that they provide with the Evanston Police Department, held every Janu-
ary.
During the skating party, ice skate rentals are free. We provide hot dogs, chili and hot chocolate for everyone who comes out,
he said.
The ice ponds are located adjacent to the BEAR Community Pavilion on Bear River Drive.

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Bear River State Park Evanston
At the heart of Evanstons vast history lies the Bear River State park, teeming with abundant wild-
life, including protected herds of bison and elk. It gives visitors rare viewing opportunities and a taste
of wild Wyoming.
For more than a century, Evanston residents have used the river as a playground. Each genera-
tion has had its favorite fishing spot and swimming hole. Ideal for hiking and cross-country skiing,
groomed trails meander among picnic shelters and along a lazy river: all combine to make this park a
unique experience.
Located along Interstate 80 at the eastern edge of Evanston, the park is for day-use only, and is con-
nected to Evanstons historic downtown district via the citys BEAR Project trail system. The park is
found within the city limits of Evanston, and just south of Exit 6 on Interstate 80, near the Bear River.
Visitors can fish for Bear River cutthroat trout, or just relax under a large cottonwood tree. There are
trails to explore, rivers to swim, and wildlife to view, all within a short distance from town.
Bear River State Park offers ideal areas for picnicking, hiking, wildlife viewing, group activities,
bicycling, skiing, rollerblading, remote control cars and much more. The park offers three shelters
that are favorites for events, from family reunions to company picnics and weddings. A trailer dump station is open from May 1
through Oct. 15.
More information can be found by contacting the park at (307) 789-6547, or by logging on to www.wyomingtourism.org/over-
view/Bear-River-State-Park.

Chinese Gazebo Garden Evanston


The Chinese Gazebo Garden, located in Evanstons Historic Depot Square, includes a pond, a
bridge, cobblestone and concrete pathways, additional landscaping and several goldfish. Additions
have included landscape improvements, as well as a new attractive fence that extends from the
depot all the way to the end of the Gazebo Garden area.
The Wyoming Cultural Trust Fund, the Wyoming Community Foundation, and several fund-
raising activities have provided funding for the project through donations from local and regional
individuals, businesses and organizations.
Wayman Wings Chinese Gazebo
As a youngster, former Evanston resident and philanthropist Wayman Wing enjoyed playing
along Front Street, attending Evanston High School and working in his familys restaurant. Today,
the octogenarian, who now resides in New York, tries to visit his beloved hometown at least once
every year to rekindle those fond boyhood memories.
In July 2007, Wings generous donation to the city a 20-foot tall, authentic Chinese gazebo
was perfectly placed at Evanstons Historic Depot Square and surrounded by a community-funded Chinese garden.
The Chinese Gazebo Garden not only serves as a tranquil resting place for visitors, but also as a keen reminder of Evanstons
long and fascinating Chinese history, as well as the enduring legacy of the Wing family.

South Lincoln Training and Event Center Kemmerer


Visitors and newcomers will want to check out Kemmerers newest community facility,
the South Lincoln Training and Event Center. The center, which opened in January 2009, is
home to cultural events, practical training and community gatherings.
Events have included concerts, art exhibits, dances, wedding receptions, industrial and
corporate dinners and a visit from Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead.
Upon entering the building, one cant help but notice that the roof is designed to repre-
sent the majestic mountains behind it, and the centers lobby is a must-see. Visitors will want
to check out the many fossils on display. Kemmerer is known as the Fossil Fish Capital of the
World because of the quality and quantity of fish fossils found in the area. Embedded in the
facilitys floor are bronze plaques that showcase replicas of local fossil fish.
The center is available to rent out for just about any event one can think of, including private parties, family reunions or
corporate meetings. It boasts a fully-equipped kitchen and a patio for outdoor enjoyment.
The center is located at 215 Wyoming Highway 233, just past the Kemmerer Little League fields and Fossil Island Golf
Course.
For more information, call (307) 828-4083 or visit www.southlincoln.com.

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Fort Bridger State Historic Site Fort Bridger
In 1841, the famous mountain man
Jim Bridger chose this site on the Blacks
Fork of the Green River to build a trading
post for emigrants along the Oregon Trail.
During the mid-1850s, there was a
conflict over the ownership of the fort. The
Mormon Church claimed it bought it from
Bridgers partner Louis Vasquez. Bridger
always claimed he didnt sell the post. The
federal government paid Bridgers fam-
ily for the fort when it was turned into a
frontier military post following the U.S.
Army being sent in 1858 to reestablish the
supremacy of the United States government when problems later arose with the Mormon pioneers. Fort Bridger became a major
military installation, vital to the Pony Express and Overland Stage routes.
Today, history comes alive as visitors enjoy the many restored buildings, interpretive displays in the museum, and the ar-
chaeological exhibit adjacent to the museum. Several special events take place each summer, concluding with the mountain man
rendezvous over the Labor Day weekend. The fort also offers guided tours.
An addition a few years ago to the state site included the renovation of the Orange and Black Cabins just southwest of the
main gate. The cabins served as a motel along the Lincoln Highway and date to the 1930s. The cabins, with carports, were an
extension of the Rocheford Hotel in an attempt to serve travelers who wanted less formal accommodations.
The Fort Bridger State Historic Site can be reached by taking Interstate 80, Exit 34, then going about three miles south. Site
grounds are open year-round, from 8 a.m. to sunset daily. Summer hours at the museum and at the replica of the trading post are
9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily, from May 1 through Sept. 30.
For more information, call (307) 782-3842, or log on to wyoparks.state.wy.us.

Fossil Butte National Monument Kemmerer


Enjoy a multimillion-year trip back through time at Fossil Butte Na-
tional Monument. The monument, established in 1972 to preserve for the
benefit and enjoyment of future generations outstanding paleontological sites
and related geological phenomena, and to provide for the display and inter-
pretation of scientific specimens, will celebrate its 45th anniversary in 2017.
Fifty-two million years ago, the landscape around Fossil Butte was quite
different from todays sagebrush steppe. Fossil Lake, a 1,500 square mile
freshwater body of water, flourished in a warm-temperate environment, and
plants and animals very much like those found in South Carolina, Florida
and parts of the Gulf Coast were abundant. At least 25 species of fossil fish
can be found in the sediments of Fossil Lake, none of which belongs exclu-
sively to marine or brackish water groups.
Fossil Lake was one of three that made up the ancient Green River Lake
System. These bodies of water existed for about 15 million years. The first, and ulti-
mately largest, of these lakes to appear was Lake Uinta, which eventually straddled
eastern Utah and western Colorado. Lake Gosiute followed several million years
later, encompassing most of the lower southwestern corner of Wyoming and por-
tions of northeast Utah and northwest Colorado. In geologic time, Fossil Lake
deposits closely follow the first Lake Gosiute deposits.
The monuments visitor center is open every day all year, excluding federal
holidays. Between May 1 and Sept. 30, the center is open 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; from
Oct. 1 through April 30, its open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
The monument grounds are open sunrise to sunset. The entrance road gate is

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closed only during severe winter storms. The upper road accessing the picnic area, Chicken Creek Nature Trail, and scenic drive
closes Nov. 1 until the snow melts, usually by late May.
In the visitor center, you can see more than 300 fossils, watch video presentations and fossil preparation demonstrations, and
browse a terrific selection of fossil- and butte-related literature. Plan 45 minutes to an hour to fully enjoy the visitor center.
Allow an hour to hike the Chicken Creek Nature Trail, and two to three hours for the Historic Quarry Trail. The 2.5-mile
quarry trail is self-guided, and features wayside exhibits that include information on the history, geology, wildlife and plants of
the high desert. A short-side loop leads to the site of an historic quarry. It is moderately strenuous with a 600-foot elevation gain.
The 1.5-mile Chicken Creek Nature Trail winds around and through a grove of aspen trees. Trailside exhibits offer visitors
information about the wildlife, plants and geology of this high-desert oasis. It has an elevation gain of 300 feet.
Summers at the monument bring hot, sunny days and cool evenings. The monument is located at 7,000 feet, and the weather
can change rapidly and dramatically. Snow in July is not out of the question, so be prepared. The monument is located 15 miles
west of Kemmerer, a small town of about 2,500, in a sparsely populated area.
The monument is a 2.5-hour drive from Salt Lake City, Utah.
For more information, call (307) 877-4455.

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J.C. Penney Mother Store and Museum Kemmerer
A little over a century ago, in 1902, James Cash Penney opened a
small cash and carry store in the frontier mining town of Kemmerer.
Penney called his store The Golden Rule, pioneering a new mar-
keting idea that set his store apart from its competitors. Penney became
a quick success, applying the principle of the Golden Rule Do unto
others as you would have others do unto you and offering customers
quality merchandise at affordable prices.
From humble branches in coal camps like Cumberland, JC Penney
spread to branches all over the country. In Kemmerer, the Mother Store
may look a little different than most modern JC Penney stores, but it
carries the same products and provides the same value in a hometown
package.
And just down the street, Penneys pretty but tiny home attests to the
retail giants humble origins. Both buildings are part of the JC Penney
Historic District, which has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places since 1978.

The Oregon-California Trail Following their footsteps


For immigrants who braved the Sublette cut-off of the Oregon-California Trail, Emigrant Springs north of Kemmerer pro-
vided a much-needed oasis after a hard, dry haul.
What awaited them the next day, though, was a treacherous descent down the west side of Dempsey Ridge, the Devils Gang-
way, as Cyrus Loveland described it in 1850.
The ruts over the ridge are still visible, and concerns for preserving the view seen by intrepid immigrants still affects current
development. Take Dempsey Road off Highway 233 north of Kemmerer and follow signs to Emigrant Springs to begin exploring
the area.
Lynn Harrell, of the U.S. Bureau of Land Management,
Winner of the Prestigious describes the immigrants trials as well as the quest to re-discover
Best Western Chairmans Award their path.
The Sublette cut-off was the less-safe route, Harrell said.
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& Lounge serving breakfast, lunch & dinner. The Lincoln Highway stretches across the U.S., including
Choose from burgers, specialty salads, parts of Uinta County in southwest Wyoming. The road system
steaks, seafood or try out Homemade was the first transcontinental highway with a route that spanned
from New York to San Francisco in 1913. Uinta County has many
Mexican food every Friday & Saturday night.
historical landmarks along the highway, including Church Butte,
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siasts and members each year in a different city along the route.
Association members attend the yearly conference to discover
more of the original Lincoln Highway. For more information
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Ghost towns of Southwest Wyoming
In the latter half of the 19th century, the Union Pacific Railroad came to southwest Wyoming, with small camps springing up
along the way. Piedmont was established as a water and refueling stop before the railroad headed over the steep Aspen Hill grade.
Spring Valley was intended to be a permanent coal operation, though early residents found more oil than coal. As with Piedmont
and Spring Valley, little remains of the once-booming Cumberland coal camp.
Piedmont
A railroad tie depot-turned-charcoal burning operation, Piedmont is
perhaps the least known, yet most accessible, of any of Wyomings ghost
towns. It can be reached by exiting Interstate 80 onto Leroy Road about 20
miles east of Evanston. Following this gravel road to the south for about five
miles will lead the traveler to Piedmont.
Just before arriving, three charcoal kilns stand like sentinels along the
road.
Once numbering five, the kilns were constructed in 1868 by Moses
Byrne, who supplied charcoal for the Utah iron industry at the time. These
beehive-shaped structures, standing some 30 feet high with a 30-foot diam-
eter, were placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1971.
Beyond the kilns can be found all that remains of the town of Piedmont.
First known as Byrne, it was a logging camp prior to the coming of the Union Pacific Railroad. It then became a tent town,
housing railroad workers. It was also home to a roundhouse and a large water tank at that time. The towns name was later
changed to Piedmont, meaning at the foot of the mountains.
Piedmont gained fame in 1869, when some 300 railroad tie cutters who hadnt been paid in some time piled railroad ties on
the track, stopping a train full of dignitaries on their way to Promontory Point, Utah, for the driving of the golden spike signifying
the completion of the transcontinental railroad. The May 10, 1869, golden spike ceremony was reportedly delayed by this inci-
dent.
The 1901 digging of the Aspen tunnel rerouted the tracks around Piedmont by several miles, causing the towns demise.
Cumberland
Once among the most prosperous coal camps in the intermountain West, Cumberland is now only a ghost town about 14
miles north of Carter, near the junction of Highway 412 and Highway 189.
Coal mining was the sole reason for the small towns existence. The Union Pacific Railroad owned Cumberland, and four
mines in the area fed the railroad with coal.
Cumberland flourished from about 1900 until the last load of coal was taken from the ground in 1930. Residents built homes
in two camps, appropriately identified as Camp No. 1 and Camp No. 2 and, at its peak, Cumberland was home to about 350 fami-
lies.
Bustling Cumberland had two grade schools, a high school, a post office, a church, several company stores and its branch of
J.C. Penneys Golden Rule store.
Immigrants from Poland, Italy, Russia, Austria and Finland made up the majority of the miners. When the coal seams began
to fail, operations became too expensive and the mines closed.
Today, the most obvious standing remains of Cumberland are the old buildings of Zillers ranch and saloon, just east of
Cumberland. These buildings are still visible from Highway 412, near its juncture with 189. To the west of Cumberland, just off
Highway 189, is the Cumberland cemetery. Many of the graves mark the resting spots of babies and very young children, attesting
to the difficulty of life in the coal camps.
While walking through the sagebrush that has reclaimed the site, a visitor can find broken bottles, rusty buckets, railroad
spikes, tobacco cans and piles of coal, all reminders of a camp that lived because of coal and died when the fuel was no longer
needed.
Spring Valley
Home of Uinta Countys first oil boom, the town of Spring Valley, located southeast of Bridger Valley, was established in 1899
when the Union Pacific Railroad opened coal mines in that vicinity. Coal camps like Spring Valley and Cumberland consisted of
company-owned towns where everything the store, the schools, even the public hall belonged to Union Pacific.
Structures were moved from Almy to Spring Valley when the Almy mines ceased operations. Some brick structures were built
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water had to be brought in on railroad tank cars.
Oil was known to exist in many parts of Wyoming, but in most cases
was too difficult or too distant from railroad tracks to recover and trans-
port affordably. In 1901 several events took place that brought sections of
Uinta County into the oil market.
Professor Wilbur C. Knight of the Department of Mining and Geology
at the University of Wyoming released a report indicating that there were
four distinct oil fields in Uinta County and that some early pioneers had
been successful in securing oil in commercial quantities. The product had
been sold to the coal mines at a good profit.
At about the same time the Knight report was released, a Mr. Loran E.
Nebergall struck oil at the Union Pacific well. The superior quality of the
crude Nebergall discovered caused much excitement. Nebergalls strike was
in the Spring Valley area where more oil was found in three different strata,
at 450 feet, 650 feet and at 1,148 feet.
Nebergall bought up large tracts of land around his strike and in a short time he succeeded in gaining the interest of Omaha
capitalists. This was the first real oil boom in Uinta County, and many local residents invested their life savings in exploration.
In 1902, there were about 15 rigs working in Uinta County. Unfortunately, boom turned to bust when it was discovered that
the oil was too difficult to recover in the overthrust strata, and very little profit was made by anyone except the landowners.
Oil later seeped into the coal mines in Spring Valley, causing a potential hazard for explosion. The mines were sealed and the
housing structures and mining equipment were moved elsewhere.
It took until the 1970s for improvements in technology and transportation to overcome the problems of oil exploration and
production, and the boom of that decade greatly changed the face and the economy of Uinta County.
All that remains of the old boomtown of Spring Valley now are decomposing pieces of old wooden drilling rigs, and tailings
from the numerous abandoned mines scattered along the railroad tracks.
Sublet
In addition to Cumberland, a number of other coal camps operated in the Diamondville-Kemmerer area, including Oakley
and Glencoe, both deserted by the early 1940s. Sublet and the nearby coal camp of Sublet No. 6 lie to the north of Kemmerer near
Willow Creek and along the Oyster Ridge Hogback.
The Sublet mines were operated by the Kemmerer Coal Company, which in 1897 established its first mine at Frontier, a com-
pany town just north of Kemmerer.
At the Sublet No. 5 mine, an explosion on Sept. 16, 1924, killed 39 miners. The various coal camps in the area closed as the
era of underground mining ended, to be replaced by open pit or strip mining.
Following WWI, demand for coal fell, and mine operations became seasonal. In 1925 and 1926, coal prices increased, and
production increased again, but in the first five months of 1927, the mine operated for only 54 days. The last coal was produced
in May of that year, and a new mine, Gomer, named after the manager of Sublet No. 6, Gomer Reese, replaced Sublet No. 6.
The hardscrabble rock provided building material for the area. Today, the most visible reminder of Sublets glory days is its
still-standing jail, with several tiny stone cells.

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Historic Depot Square Evanston
Home to the Uinta County Museum, railroad de-
pot and Joss House Museum, Evanstons historic Depot
Square beautifully reflects the broad and storied past of
Uinta County. From the parks and greenway of Depot
Square, one can easily visit the diverse Uinta County
Museum, the historic and beautifully-reconstructed
railroad depot and the intriguing Joss House Museum.
Entering the Uinta County Museum takes one
back in time. One large exhibit, Hell on Wheels:
Union Pacific Railroad Towns in Wyoming, tells
the story of the Union Pacific in Uinta County and
throughout Wyoming. This fascinating exhibit details
the lives of railroad workers in Evanston, and contains
pictures and artifacts from across the state.
Another fascinating exhibit is the Blyth & Fargo
General Store. The museum store is located within the exhibit, which accurately reconstructs the general store from a long past era.
Using vintage fixtures and equipment, the exhibit and museum store accurately depict an old time general store, making it fun to
learn and shop at the same time.
Downstairs, the Uinta County Museum holds many more treasures, and now includes a hands-on exhibit for kids. Also on
display are various Indian artifacts and fossils from around the area and across the state.
Leaving the museum and heading across the plaza, one comes to the railroad depot. Built in 1900, the depot served not only
as a waiting room for passengers on trains, but was also utilized to ship freight via Railway Express.
The story comes to life walking through the building. First, an enormous scale takes up a large part of the floor in the freight
area. This was where baggage and freight was weighed before being put on the trains for shipping. Venturing into the main part of
the depot, one encounters the ticket booth, with a waiting room to the left and a waiting room to the right. The purpose of these
two waiting rooms was to keep ladies and children separate and sheltered from the bawdy behavior of men. On the ladies side of
the waiting room, a lovely fireplace fills most of one wall.
The railroad depot was acquired from Union Pacific in 1985. Restoration of the historic structure began then, and the building
has retained much of its former beauty.
Finally, the Joss House Museum completes the tour of the Historic Depot Square. The Joss House Museum is a replica of the
original Joss House, which was burned down in 1922. Fortunately, some artifacts from the original Joss House were saved and are
now on display in the museum.
Built in 1874, with each member of the Chinese community contributing something to the construction, decoration and fur-
nishing, the Joss House served as a temple for private worship. Visitors approached the altar of Kuan Kung with candles, incense,
food and wine. Visitors to the temple could also consult an oracle for advice.
In 1990, as a community project to commemorate the Chinese heritage of Evanston for the Wyoming Statehood Centennial
celebration, the replica of the Joss House was completed. Now the Joss House Museum displays a vivid collection of memorabilia
that tells the story of Chinese people in Evanston and southwest Wyoming.
One exceptional piece on display is the gilded door that originally graced the exterior of the Joss House. Saved from the fire in
1922, the door consists of two hand-carved panels, ornately carved and
decorated. The Chinese gazebo and garden have also been added to the
Joss House, adding an essence of peace and tranquility as one strolls
across the bridge and sees the koi swim playfully in the pond.
Evanstons Historic Depot Square is a great place to learn about
the rich and diverse history of Uinta County. The museum, located
at 1020 Front St. in Evanston, is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday
through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Museum staff members
gladly give tours of the railroad depot and the Joss House Museum,
and there is no admission fee.
Depot Square is also home to Evanstons Farmers Market. Every
Thursday during summer and early fall, patrons can find fresh fruits
and vegetables, gourmet breads and cheeses, live entertainment and
more.

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Evanstons Historic
Roundhouse & Railyards
Evanstons Roundhouse & Railyards is a sight to behold. Built
in 1912-1914, the 27-acre complex was built and used by Union
Pacific Railroad (UPRR) to primarily service and repair rail cars
and engines. The Roundhouse is one of a very few completely
intact and still standing structures of its kind, and the only one
left on the Union Pacific mainline between Omaha, Nebraska, and
Sacramento, California.
The Roundhouse walls stand more than 50 feet high and it
has a total of 28 train stalls accessible by a turntable. It is listed on
the National Register of Historic Places. In 1926, the UPRR chose
to close the site, but the citizens of Evanston rallied and beseeched
them to re-
main open as
a reclamation
plant.
The site
operated as
such until
1971, and
the following
year, UPRR
donated the
property
with the
exception of
the Power
House to
the City of
Evanston.
The city leased the complex to several rail car repair companies
until 1998 when the last tenant vacated the site.
Since that time, the city has renovated several buildings at
the complex, including the Machine Shop (2004), the first of four
sections of the Roundhouse (2009), the Oil House (J.T. & Phyl-
lis Patterson Visitor Center), the Superintendents Office, and the
central plaza and parking areas. These refurbished facilities now
serve as public event space.
To arrange for a tour, reserve a building(s) or for more
information about the site, please contact the City of Evanston at
1200 Main Street, Evanston, WY 82930, (307) 783-6300 or (307)
783-6306 or visit www.evanstonwy.org.

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Discover southwest Wyomings attractions
Bridger Valley Heritage Museum Lyman
Explore the regions rich past! The Bridger Valley Heritage Museum was origi-
nally the Trona Museum, established in 1990. It was dedicated to the trona indus-
try, to preserve and showcase the vast minerals hidden deep within the earth in
southwestern Wyoming, an industry which employs many of southwest Wyomings
residents.
As time passed, the town of Lyman placed the museum into the hands of
the Uinta County Historical Society. During this time, the museums focus also
changed. UCHS members felt that much of the rich heritage of the Bridger Valley
was slowly being lost. Through hard work and dedication, they began to collect and
preserve the history and cultural heritage of the pioneers who settled the valley.
The Bridger Valley Heritage Museum includes a display set up like a general
store in the early part of the last century.
The exhibit includes reproductions of ads originally printed in the Bridger Val-
ley Enterprise. It includes a Buy War Bonds ad dated 1918, a Lyman Mercantile
Company ad dated 1920 advertising Ladies Drawers for 29 cents, wool bathing
suits at $5.29, and sugar sold then for four pounds for $1, a Thunderbird Oil Com-
pany calendar, dated 1965, and a Farmers and Stockgrowers State Bank calendar,
dated 1924.
Areas in the museum showcase the mountain man, Native American and pioneer history. The Union Pacific Railroad, ranch-
ing, mining, rich oil and gas fields, domestic and community life, military forts and military life, the Pony Express and telegraph
routes, the many veterans and the wars in which they fought all had a part in the development of the area.
The Bridger Valley Heritage Museum is in the Lyman Town Hall on the buildings second floor. The museum is dedicated to
collecting and preserving, researching and exhibiting the rich history of Bridger Valley.
The museum is open mid May-September from noon to 4 p.m. on weekdays or by appointment. Call the museum at 787-
3525. It is staffed by volunteers.

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Fort Bridger Museum Fort Bridger
The fort, as it is commonly
referred to around Bridger Valley,
has been an important part of the
area for well over 150 years, and its
museum is dedicated to preserving
that history.
In 1841, mountain man Jim
Bridger chose this site on the Blacks
Fork of the Green River to build a
trading post to serve emigrants trav-
eling along the Oregon Trail.
During the mid-1850s, the
Mormon Church occupied the fort, which led to a dispute of ownership between the Mormon Church and Bridger. They claimed
they bought the fort. Bridger claimed they didnt. In 1858, when the Army took over Fort Bridger, the Army paid the Bridger family
for the ground. The Army established a major military installation, which was vital to the Pony Express and Overland Stage routes.
Today, history comes alive as visitors enjoy the many restored buildings, interpretive displays in the museum, and the archaeo-
logical exhibit adjacent to it. An exhibit on the importance of the telegraph on the early history of the country is on site.
There is a replica of the homestead kitchen of Elinore Pruitt Stewart at the museum.
Other exhibits include Camp Scott, The Carter Empire, Judge Carters Library, The Utah Expedition, Cowboy/Ranching Ex-
hibit, Col. William Bisbee Photos, Military Hospital Exhibit, On-site Archaeology display, Interactive Mormon Handcart Exhibit,
Historic Trails Diary Excerpts, the Hotchkiss Weapon, The Military Laundress, Lincoln Highway Exhibit, Chief Washakie and the
Shoshones, Travois Exhibit and a video viewing area.
The museum is open from 9 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. from May 1 through Sept. 30. During April, the museum is only open on the
weekends from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. October to April, the museum is open Friday through Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
For more information on the museum or events scheduled at the site, call the Fort Bridger State Historic Site at (307) 782-3842.

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When in the Kemmerer Diamondville area make time to visit
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EXPLORE THE HISTORY ASSOCIATED WITH THE KEMMERER-DIAMONDVILLE AREA


FOSSILS - CALIFORNIA/OREGON TRAILS - MINING - BOOTLEGGING - JC PENNEY MOTHER
STORE


Local Area Events & Activities

Lions Ice Fishing Derby February

Snow Bears Polar Run - February

Chili Cook-Off March

Mule Deer Foundation Banquet - April

Craft & Quilt Conference May

Search & Rescue BBQ - June

Fossilfest July

Little Buckaroo Rodeo - July

Oyster Ridge Music Festival July

Mule Foundation Deer Run - August

Craft & Quilt Fair - December

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Fossil Country Museum Kemmerer
Wander through history at Fossil Country Museum in Kemmerer, the local
repository preserving the histories of Kemmerer, Diamondville, Frontier and sur-
rounding areas.
Exhibits at the museum include bootlegging stills; a replica underground coal
mine complete with coal mining equipment; a mountain man exhibit and a two-
bodied lamb.
Our mission is to collect, exhibit, preserve and interpret the natural and cul-
tural history from the area, museum director Judy Julian said.
Other exhibits include an antique church organ, an Italian wine press the
area was settled by a significant number of Italian immigrants blacksmithing
tools and other western memorabilia, including a stagecoach and wagon.
The museum also has a research library and over 1,000 photographs of the local area. Annual museum events include a March
history festival, summer campfire chats and a mountain bike poker run.
Visitors to the museum come from all over the country; some even come from the past. Volunteers have reported hearing
childrens laughter and footsteps in the halls when no one else was in the building. Julian has reported seeing a man and his dog in
a photo of an antique dollhouse. Her great-niece, then 3 years old, once said she had seen a dog running down the museums stairs,
but Julian could find no supporting evidence. When she asked what the dog looked like, her nieces description sounded just like
the dog in the photo.
Every holiday season an antique nativity set at the museum is rearranged, and not by anyone on staff. The first time it hap-
pened, volunteer Sue Giorgis assumed that Julian had done the rearranging. Julian assumed it had been Giorgis.
Both ladies are quick to admit that the apparitions are friendly.
In addition to events, exhibits, information and visits from long-past residents, the museum also offers affordable rental space
for events, with rental fees starting as low as $50.
The museum is located at 400 Pine Ave. in Kemmerer. For more information about exhibits, events and programs, stop by or
call (307) 877-6551.

Uinta County Museum Evanston


A treasure trove of history, the Uinta County Museum is located
in the historic Carnegie Building in Evanston, completed in 1906.
A lovely example of Classical Revival architecture, the building
was designed by New York architect Albert Randolph Ross who also
designed a Carnegie Library in Washington, D.C.
In 2008, an expansion of the building was completed. Designed
by Jackson architect Kurt Dubbe, the new building echoes the historic
features of the original structure.
Just one of the many pleasures of visiting the museum is the ability
to meander through a replica of the Blyth and Fargo mercantile, long
a fixture on Main Street in Evanston. Blyth and Fargo was a mainstay
of Main Street from 1872 to 1981 although originally as Blyth and
Pixley.
Thanks to the generosity of the Bodine family, a treasure trove of the stores fixtures, furnishings and merchandise from
bygone decades was donated to the museum.
Visitors will experience what minding the store meant to early Evanston merchants. In addition, the museum shop (or
museum mercantile) moved into the same gallery as a store within a store.
Visitors are welcome to attend the museums regular Brown Bag Thursday events. Bring your lunch to the museum any first
Thursday of the month from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and enjoy a quiet moment in your busy week, or engage in a lively discus-
sion on a topic of local history.
Subjects have included the Chinese Joss House, the Wyoming State Hospital, the Almy coal mines, the Piedmont charcoal
kilns, the Strand Theater, the Hotel Evanston and others.
The Uinta County Museum is located at 1020 Front St., in downtown Evanston. Public hours are from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mon-
day through Friday and from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, June through September.
For more information, please call (307) 789-8248, e-mail museum@nglconnection.net or visit www.uintacounty.com.

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ATVing in the High Uintas
The scenic beauty of the Wasatch-Cache National Forest in the High Uinta Mountains is
practically unrivaled throughout southwest Wyoming.
Tall trees, crystal clear bodies of water and incredible ancient rock formations pervade this
foreboding, yet irresistible stretch of North American landscape, located on one of just two
mountain ranges on the continent that run east to west, rather than north to south.
Thousands of locals and visitors alike flock to the region every summer to take part in the
abundance of recreational activities it has to offer.
Some people prefer to view the wonders of the Uintas from their vehicles. However, more
adventurous souls like to dig right into the heart of the area on foot or, even more popularly, on
a four-wheel ATV.
Spending a day in the Uintas on an ATV is an experience one never forgets. It allows the less-experienced outdoors person to get
closer to nature in a relatively comfortable mode, and its just a great, fun, fast ride!
Years ago, the U.S. Forest Service recognized the growing popularity of ATV riding among Wasatch-Cache tourists and began
work on several ATV trails and route stops throughout the area with the help of federal and state grants.
The most popular trail is the Lily Lake Wolverine Trail, due to its relative brevity and smooth pass. The Lily Lake trailhead is just a
left turn off Highway 150 south from Evanston, right across from the Bear River Lodge, a great restaurant and convenience store that
also rents ATVs and other recreational equipment at hourly and daily rates.
The trail crosses the east fork of the beautiful Bear River via a Forest Service-constructed wooden bridge and continues on to the
glorious Lily Lake, where campers, fishermen and sightseers alike often find a heaven on earth.
More hardcore ATV enthusiasts often prefer to traverse the Deadhorse trail system. Located 18 miles south of Mountain View, the
Deadhorse trail boasts a lot more mileage and treacherous terrain, as well as incredible scenery.
In the wild Wyoming winter, the trails double as routes for cross country skiers and snowmobilers, and located along each trail
are several yurts, popular with camping enthusiasts in the winter and summer months. Yurts are round wooden structures covered
in canvas and equipped with bunk beds, propane heating, outhouses and a few basic supplies maintained by the Forest Service and
volunteers.
After a long day of ATV riding, hiking or other activities in the High Uintas, many tourists choose to retire to a yurt. However,
yurts must be reserved in advance and are often in high demand.
For reservation information, call the Evanston Parks and Recreation Department at (307) 789-1770.
U.S. Forest Service officials love to see locals and tourists alike out taking advantage of the ATV trails the Forest Service works so
hard to maintain, and they assert that it is very important that all riders stay on these designated paths, which are clearly marked with
location and direction signs and markers at various spaced points. If youre in the area this summer, make sure to take advantage of
these wonderful trails, which also welcome hikers, motorcyclists and bicyclists.

Bear River Rendezvous Evanston Aug. 25-27, 2016


The Bear River Mountain Man Club brings the Bear River Rendezvous to the Bear
River State Park in August each year.
Hunting and trapping has been a way of life throughout the history of Wyoming,
starting with the states indigenous people. In the early 1800s, those who became known as
mountain men found their way west and took up the difficult life of hunting and trapping.
After the hunting season, mountain men gathered at a rendezvous with other mountain
men and company suppliers.
More than 20 years ago, the Bear River Mountain Man Club started to celebrate the
lives of mountain men by holding a rendezvous at Bear River State Park, where all but one
of the old rendezvous have been held.
Unlike the rendezvous of old, the Bear River Rendezvous is truly a family event that allows you and your children to step back
in time, escape your current hectic lifestyle and better understand the contribution mountain men made to the development of the
West.
Adults and children are welcome to dress in pre-1840 clothes and take part in the activities, including a fry pan toss, a candy can-
non, kids games and more.
There will be tests of primitive skills, including shooting black powder rifles and tomahawk throwing. Other displays have in-
cluded trying to throw an atlatl, an arrow-like weapon used before the invention of the bow and arrow.
Vendors from across the country bring their wares of old-time living, like pelts, leather crafts, hats, beads, buttons and gun supplies.
For more information, call Dave Miller at (307) 677-5086 or John Angwin at (307) 677-5277.
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ACTIVITIES
Revel in southwest Wyomings recreation
Ceili at the Roadhouse Evanston March 24-25
Embark on an adventure into Celtic culture its art, crafts, dancing and music,
tales of undefeated warriors, magic and fairy tales of an era long ago. The 2017 Ceili
at the Roundhouse is set for March 24-25. It will take place from 3 p.m.-midnight
on Friday and from 10 a.m.-11 p.m. on Saturday. Come join the fun, two-day event
packed with music and fun for all ages.
The event will headline some of the top artists in Celtic culture. This years fes-
tival will feature several headliners, including The Young Irelanders, Skippers Alley
and Carlos Nez.
To wind down the evening, there will be an after-hours jam session beginning at
10 p.m., which will include members of the headliner band, along with local musi-
cians all playing together in a soothing and relaxing environment. Spectators are welcome and encouraged to participate.
The festival includes traditional Celtic music, entertainment, Highland dancing, childrens activities and educational music
and dance workshops.
It will be held in the restored Roundhouse and Railyards Complex in Evanston. All events will be held indoors.
For more information about the festival and events, call Carolee Bowen at (307) 679-2348 or visit www.evanstoncelticfestival.
com.

Cinco de Mayo Fiesta celebrates Latin heritage Evanston May 6


The annual Evanston Cinco de Mayo Festival provides an opportunity for residents and visi-
tors to explore and celebrate the rich Latin culture of Evanston.
Each year, on the Saturday closest to May 5, organizers put together a party like no other. The
festival features professional mariachi music, professional and local dancers as well as a huge vari-
ety of food, vendor booths and entertainment. This year, it will be held on May 6.
In addition, students from Evanston High School are usually awarded the Cinco De Mayo
Educational Scholarship.
The festival runs from 1-11:30 p.m.
Celebrate Cinco De Mayo, Evanston-style with your friends and family. All proceeds will go to
Evanston High School seniors for scholarships. Admission costs $4 for anyone over 5 years old.
For more information, call Amy Velaquez at (307) 789-6031.

County fairs
Theres always fun at the fair! For many locals in our corner of the West, the county fair is not just something you do in a day
its a weeklong event.
As hectic as fair week may be, it is an adventure. The fair is about community, friendly competition and learning. There are so
many things to do at the fair that it gives children of all abilities and skills something they can do and be proud of.
Visitors and locals alike can take a day or an entire week and head to the fair. You can always enjoy the variety of animals on
display at the fair, but there are also many other exhibits. Projects range from photography to cooking, metal work to leatherwork
and everything in between.
A quick trip to the fair is a great way to support the youth in our communities. Its also a great way to see the hard work of all
the people who take the time and effort to show us their many talents.
Uinta County Fair - Evanston July 27 Aug. 5
The Uinta County Fair, held every summer for more than 40 years, is one of
the countys centerpiece events. It brings youth, families and fans from all over the
county, state and region to the fairgrounds in Evanston.
This years fair will be held from July 27 through Aug. 5 at the Uinta County
Fairgrounds in Evanston.
Plenty of live music will fill the stands, and there will be all-day entertainment
throughout the week.
Events include 4-H and FFA competitions, livestock shows and sales, pig wres-
tling, draft horse team pulls, junior rodeo, ATV rodeo and a variety of entertainment.
For more information log on to uintacountyfair.org, or call the Uinta County Fair office at (307) 789-4785.

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Lincoln County Fair Afton Aug. 5 - 12
Mark your calendars for the 2017 Lincoln County Fair. Taking place in
the first full week of August, the fair has something for everyone. Whether
its quilts or photographs, cows, pigs or sheep, rodeos or live music, car-
nival games or fair rides, the Lincoln County Fair offers a wide variety of
fun.
The fairs mission is to preserve agricultural heritage, inspire youth
to improve themselves and their talents, while providing education and
entertainment for all ages. Events and activities at the fair provide a show-
case for the talents and skills of Lincoln County residents, while offering a
friendly, social atmosphere for everyone.
For more information, visit www.lincolncountyfair.info.
Rich County Fair Randolph, Utah Aug. 15 - 20
The Rich County Fair, held in Randolph, Utah, will be Aug. 15-20. Events include the traditional 4-H and FFA exhibits as well
as a junior rodeo, fireworks and a dance at the Randolph City Park.
Fans can find Rich County Fair and Rodeo on Facebook to view more events.
Find out more at www.richcountyut.org.
Events include 4-H and FFA competitions, livestock shows and sales, pig wrestling, draft horse team pulls, junior rodeo, ATV
rodeo and a variety of entertainment.
For more information log on to richcountyut.org.

Cowboy Days Evanston Sept. 1-4


The Biggest Little Rodeo in the West, the Evanston Cowboy
Days will celebrate its 81st anniversary this year.
The Evanston Cowboy Days beginnings were humble.
Since 1936, the event has transformed over the years from a
simple gathering of cowboys looking to show off their skills to a
full-blown annual celebration, including a PRCA-sanctioned rodeo
event.
When it comes to rodeo, fans wont be disappointed by the
PRCA rodeo. They can expect big names and up-and-coming rodeo
stars each night. Cowboys come from far and wide for the events.
In addition to the rodeos on Labor Day weekend, events include
many family-oriented events like a parade, games for the kids, a fair
with arts and crafts booths, a kids fish catch, miniature bull riding,
mutton bustin, musical horse chairs and visits from rodeo royalty,
including Miss Rodeo Wyoming. The Friday evening activities will
take place at the fairgrounds this year, beginning at 5 p.m. Events
include kids games, live music and much more.
Evanston Cowboys Days is held every year the weekend of
Labor Day. To find out more about the event, log on to www.evanstoncowboydays.com.

Cross-country skiing
Cross-country skiing has a been part of Uinta Countys tradition and history for more than a quarter of a century. There
are currently four cross-country skiing courses in the Evanston area of Uinta County.
These courses are located at the Purple Sage Golf Course/Nordic Center, Aspen Grove Elementary School, Bear River State
Park, and in the Lily Lake area about 30 miles south of Evanston. The trails are maintained and groomed by the Evanston Parks
and Recreation Department in cooperation with the U.S. Forest Service.
The EPRD offers ski equipment rentals as well as reservations, but no paid lessons.
Anyone interested in learning about the sport can do so at the Learn to Cross Country Ski Day, a free, one-day course
offered by the Bear River Outdoor Recreation Alliance each year.

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20th annual Dolittle Car Show LaBarge August 12
Once a year, hot rods and flash rides converge on tiny LaBarge, Wyoming, for the Dolittle Car Show, a laid-back event that lives
up to its name even as the cars shining chrome demonstrates the hard work behind the entries.
Every year, the show features dozens of classic cars from enthusiasts in Wyoming and surrounding states.
In addition to enjoying the classic vehicles and socializing, dolittlers of all ages can keep busy and occupied visiting booths
and participating in fun activities throughout the afternoon and evening.

Evanston Bluegrass Festival June 23-24


The Evanston Bluegrass Festival (formerly known as the Beer, Brats and Bluegrass
Festival) is an annual free event that helps support educational initiatives in our com-
munity as well as to children living in impoverished areas around the world.
The festival will take place on Friday, June 23, from 5-10 p.m., and Saturday, June
24, from noon-10 p.m. The festival will feature eight bands of varying musical styles,
from traditional and progressive bluegrass to newgrass and a little rock and roll.
Friday will kick off the festival from 5:30-10 p.m. in the Beeman Cashin building
with an evening of dinner, music and storytelling (the solar cooked dinner is pro-
vided by Solavore). Jalan Crossland will headline the night with special guest C. Peter
Fennell. Inside seating with dinner costs $40; outside seating for the concert costs $5.
Admission to Saturdays concerts, which will run from noon-11 p.m. at the
Historic Depot Square, costs $20 for adults and $5 for students (children 12 and
under get in free). Saturdays award-winning bands will be the Brothers Comatose,
Blue Canyon Boys, Whippoorwill, Low Water String Band, Dodgy Mountain Men, Wild Mountain, The Two Tracks and Whiskey
Slaps. In addition to band performances, there will be music workshops, food, beverages and artisan and kids booths.
For more information, visit www.bluegrassevanston.com or call Kathy Bella at (307) 789-8011.

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An 81 Year Cowboy Tradition
WERE SMALL
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Sept. 3: Golf Scramble at Purple Sage Golf Course,
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in Downtown Evanston, PRCA Rodeo
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or call 307-679-8019 E-mail fbm@kdis.net

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Evanston BrewFest July 22, 2017
The sixth annual Evanston BrewFest is set for 1-5 p.m. on Saturday, July 22, in beautiful historic downtown Evanston. Many of
the downtown establishments extend the celebration in their own venues on Saturday evening.
The event will include microbrew sampling, live music, food, and street vendors.
The event is hosted by the Evanston Urban Renewal Agency.
Proceeds from the event will go toward the Main Street Promotions Committee future projects in the downtown district.
For more information, contact Jane Law at (307) 783-6320. Find the Evanston BrewFest on Facebook for the latest and greatest
news and promotional details.
Evanston Farmers Market July - October
Beginning the first Thursday after the Fourth of July, the Evanston
Farmers Market commences in Historic Depot Square and runs every
Thursday from 3-7 p.m. through the first Thursday in October.
The market, which was formed in combination with Good to Grow
Farms and the Evanston Urban Renewal Agency/Main Street Program,
started in 2013 and features a wide variety of locally grown produce and
artisan products such as honey, cheese, jewelry, quilts, freshly made pizzas,
breads and tamales.
The farmers market also operates in conjunction with the Music in
the Air at Depot Square event, which hosts various musicians from around
the region. This year, Music in the Air will host performances every Thurs-
day from July 6-Aug. 24 during the season. Show times typically begin
around 6 p.m.
Please visit the Evanston Urban Renewal Agency and the Evanston Farmers Market on Facebook, visit www.evanstonwy.org
or call Jane Law at (307) 783-6320 for more information.

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Evanston Rodeo Series June 16-July 15, 2017
Kicking off its 25th season in 2017, the rodeo series runs weekends through June
and into July. Rodeos begin at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, beginning June 16-17. Events
include local cowboys, along with professionals who travel to Evanston for the rodeos.
This years dates are June 16-17, June 30-July 1 and July 14-15. For information
about ticket prices, check www.evanstonrodeoseries.com or call (307) 789-5511 as the
events approach.

Fishing
A variety of excellent lakes, rivers and streams abound in the southwest Wyoming
and northeast Utah areas including the Green River, a blue ribbon trout river located
in both Wyoming and Utah.

Green River
From its headwaters in Wyomings famous Wind River mountain range to its crystal-clear waters below Flaming Gorge
Dam in northeast Utah, the Green River is widely known as one of the finest trout rivers in North America. The river provides
fly fishing enthusiasts with a unique angling opportunity to fish for trout that are both large and plentiful.
The upper part of the river in Wyoming has become known for its large trophy-trout particularly below Fontenelle Dam
and where the river flows through the Seedskadee National Wildlife Refuge.
For anglers looking for sheer volume of fish, the numbers
of rainbow and brown trout in the stretch below Flaming
Gorge Dam in Utah make it almost impossible to beat.

Bear River
Offering splendid waters along its length, the Bear River
also boasts fishing, as well. Along the Bear River, one can
expect to catch Bear River cutthroat trout. Access is avail-
able north of Evanston off Wyoming 89, or south of Evanston
off Wyoming 150. While a majority of river access is private
property, the Bear River State Park offers public access to this
backyard treasure.

Blacks Fork River


Located southeast of Robertson, the Blacks Fork River is a
beautiful stretch of river that cascades through Uinta County
from the Meeks Cabin Reservoir. The river offers a variety of fish, including brook trout, brown trout, mountain whitefish and
rainbow trout. Camping is available along the Blacks Fork River. For access, from I-80, take the Fort Bridger and Mountain View
exits and continue south and east to Robertson, then follow the signs to the Meeks Cabin Reservoir. Access to the Blacks Fork
River can be found along the road to the reservoir.

Smiths Fork, East Fork Rivers


These smaller rivers offer a nice selection of brook trout and rainbow trout. To find them, follow Wyoming 410 south from
Mountain View for seven miles and turn left on County Road 283 (large dirt road). Follow County Road 283 for 6.4 miles and
turn right on County Road 285. Follow County Road 285 for 2.1 miles until reaching the Smiths Fork and East Fork Rivers.

Guild Ranch Reservoir


Southeast of Evanston, out past Piedmont, lies an unassuming reservoir called the Guild Ranch Reservoir. It is nestled deep
inside the private property of the Guild Ranch. The ranch itself was homesteaded by the Guild family beginning in 1867. The
20,000-plus acre ranch also offers private hunting during the correct seasons for mule deer, elk and antelope. Guild Ranch Reser-
voir is heralded for having some of the finest trophy trout fishing around.
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FISHING from page 37
Flaming Gorge Reservoir
This popular fishing spot is within a few hours drive of Uinta County,
and offers spectacular fishing opportunities. The reservoir is home to
burbot, brown trout, channel catfish, kokanee salmon, lake trout, rainbow
trout and smallmouth bass. There is camping and boating available at the
reservoir. To reach Flaming Gorge, follow US highway 191 19 miles south
from Rock Springs, then turn right on Sage Creek Road. Another route is
to follow Wyoming 530 south from Green River.

Sulphur Creek Reservoir


Located just nine miles south of Evanston, Sulphur Creek Reservoir
offers a chance to get some fishing in, just about any day of the year.
The reservoir boasts a number of brown trout, Bear River cutthroat, rainbow trout, smallmouth bass and walleye. To reach
Sulphur Creek Reservoir, follow Wyoming 159 nine miles south from Evanston, then turn left (east) at the sign and continue one
mile to the reservoir.

Woodruff Narrows Reservoir


Offering camping and a boat ramp, the Woodruff Narrows Reservoir boasts nearby fishing for those in search of an easy day
trip. The Narrows, as its called locally, offers Bear River cutthroat trout, and a chance for some beautiful scenery, close to town.
To get to the Woodruff Narrows Reservoir, travel north from Evanston on Wyoming Highway 89 to the Utah-Wyoming border.
Turn northeast (left) at the sign and continue four miles to the lake.

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Meeks Cabin Reservoir
This beautiful reservoir is easy to access and offers a secluded fishing area for those who just
want to get away. The reservoir is home to Colorado River cutthroat trout as well as moun-
tain whitefish, and offers camping and a boat ramp.
To reach the reservoir, follow Wyoming 410 south from Mountain View to the end of the
pavement, then follow signs to Meeks Cabin Reservoir.

Free Fishing Day


The Wyoming Game and Fish Commission has declared June 3, 2017, Free Fishing
Day, which is held in conjunction with National Fishing and Boating week. Residents and
nonresidents may fish Wyoming waters excluding Wind River Indian Reservation and
Yellowstone National Park, which are not regulated by the state of Wyoming without a
fishing license or conservation stamp.
Check the Wyoming Game and Fish Departments website at https://wgfd.wyo.gov/
fishing-and-boating or current regulations for more detailed information.
If you want to test your skill at any of southwest Wyoming or northeast Utahs excellent fishing waters, you will first need to
get a license.

Fort Bridger Rendezvous Sept. 1-4


The Fort Bridger Rendezvous on Labor Day weekend brings to life the
era of the mountain men when trekking through the wilds of the Rocky
Mountains to trap beaver pelts.
During this event, you will be able to rub elbows with burly mountain
men, Indian braves and their wives and families.
This year marks the 45th anniversary of the annual event. The ren-
dezvous is the second largest visitor event in the state of Wyoming, only
outdone by Cheyenne Frontier Days.
Walking through the state site, visitors feel as if they have turned
back the pages of time as they pass buckskin-clad mountain men, hear the
steady beat, beat, beat of the tom-toms, see the Native American dancers
perform, and see smoke wafting from the tops of teepees and lean-tos.
The Fort Bridger Rendezvous is a re-enactment of the annual gathering of the original mountain men during the period be-
tween 1825 and 1840. The mountain men came together to sell their beaver pelts and furs, and get supplies to last them through
another harsh winter. The Henry-Ashley Trading Company brought the supplies to the men so they wouldnt have to make the
long, grueling trip to the East.
Mountain men werent afraid to challenge each other to see who was the best in the skills they used daily to stay alive and
gather their furs.
And todays rendezvous carries on the tradition. Competitors vie to be the best in things like knife and tomahawk throwing,
best shot with a black powder guns both men and women and cooking in cast iron pots.
True to providing supplies, there is a large swath of vendors on Traders Row. Items sold are of the pre-1840 era to comple-
ment the atmosphere and lend authenticity to the rendezvous.
In addition, Indians dance at the post bandstand and teach some of the steps to the pilgrims, or visitors who enjoy the
rendezvous. The constant beat, beat, beat signals the Indians, adorned in ceremonial dress, are about to begin their dances.
The Fort Bridger Rendezvous has had visitors from throughout the world, from places such as Germany, France and Eng-
land. It has been filmed by other countries, like the BBC in England.

Fossilfest Kemmerer June 16-17


Every year the communities of Kemmerer and Diamondville are host to Fossilfest, a community event full of food, music,
games, family and friends.
Festival events have included a family fun night, basketball tournament, down and dirty dodgeball, pool parties, fire hose
spraying contests, tractor racing, and concert performances by both locally- and nationally-known musicians.
Fossilfest has a little something for everyone, young and old.
For more information, visit www.fossilfest.org.

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Golf
Evanston
The Purple Sage Golf Course in Evanston captures the beauty of the American
West and combines the wildness of the frontier with the tranquil challenge of golf.
At an average elevation of 7,000 feet, Purple Sage is both figuratively and literally
breathtaking. The Purple Sage Golf Course is the only 18-hole course in southwest
Wyoming, and offers a challenging course offset by spectacular views.
At just over 7,000 yards from the black back tees, Purple Sages par-72 cham-
pionship golf course tests your distance. The five sets of tees keep play comfortable
for golfers of every skill level and ensure a great pace of play. In addition, the execu-
tive course offers families, beginners and busy business people a chance to sneak in a
quick round of nine holes, in just an hour. The executive course comes with a smaller
price tag, for those new to golfing, or who just need a refresher.
Nearly every weekend, from the beginning of the golf season in April to the last available weekend before the snow flies, golfers
can find a tournament at the Purple Sage. To register for a tournament, or to schedule one for your group or organization, call the
clubhouse.
Call the Pro Shop at (307) 789-2383 for more information, tee times and tournament information.
To enhance your golfing experience, try the Gateway Grille, located in the clubhouse. The Gateway Grille offers take-out, deliv-
ered directly on the course, as well as refreshing beverages right to your cart. For a sit-down dining experience, the Gateway Grille
offers a world-class menu with exceptional service.
During the winter months, when the greens are covered with a layer of white, the Purple Sage Golf Course becomes Evanstons
own Nordic center, complete with cross-country ski and show shoe rentals.
Kemmerer
Kemmerer is home to a world famous double par 5 island green built in 1920 and designed by noted golf course architect Dick
Phelps. Nestled next to the Hams Fork River, it is a challenging nine-hole course whose reputation and design draws travelers from
their charted course for the experience of playing it.
Club staff organize and coordinate many activities throughout the season, including several benefit tournaments. The clubs
season runs from April 1 through Nov. 1.
Visitors will find Fossil Island Golf Club at 105 U.S. Highway 189 in Kemmerer. For more information, call the club at (307)
877-6954 from April through November; during the off season, call the Kemmerer city hall at (307) 828-2350 or log on to www.
golfkemmerer.com

Hunting
Hunting in southwest Wyoming can be challenging, entertaining and lots of fun for
everyone involved. Whether you choose to go alone, with friends or choose an outfitter
to lead you on an adventure, southwest Wyoming offers an excellent opportunity to enjoy
the great outdoors.
Wyoming offers different hunting seasons for antelope, bighorn sheep, deer, elk,
moose, wild turkey, pheasant, sage grouse, black bear and mountain lion.
Before heading out, be sure to check the hunt map area, as well as opening and closing
days of the season.
Different species have different types of regulations regarding licensing and permits.
For the appropriate regulations regarding archery, resident versus non-resident big game
licenses as well as commercial and disabled veteran licenses, the most comprehensive and
up-to-date information can be located at the Wyoming Game and Fish Department web-
site, www.wgfd.wy.gov. There you will find information regarding such various subjects as
raptor hunting, small game, trapping, watercraft, game birds, preference points and much more information.

Climate
The weather in southwest Wyoming can change without a moments notice. Hunters should be prepared for rapidly-chang-
ing and possibly deadly weather conditions. Hypothermia can be deadly year round. Be prepared with the appropriate gear
before heading into the mountains.

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Ice fishing
Ice fishing in southwest Wyoming is a fun family activity for winter. From Decem-
ber through as late as March, families can enjoy this great outdoor activity.
According to the Wyoming Game and Fish Department, families should use cau-
tion when out on the ice. Because of changing water levels and weather conditions,
conditions on the ice can change from day to day.
Before heading out with the family, it is wise to first check the ice. Clear ice should
be at least four inches thick, while cloudy or milky looking ice, which is weaker, should
be at least twice that thick.
Other precautions should be taken as well. Before heading onto the ice, be sure to
have a flotation device for safety, as well as a rope, ladder and an ice pick. Do not plan
to be on open ice during sub-zero weather, and never ice fish alone.
Other equipment necessary for ice fishing includes an ice auger, a skimmer to
remove slush from your hole, poles and bait, and a fishing license for anyone over the
age of 14.
Sulphur Creek Reservoir, Lake Viva Naughton and Flaming Gorge Reservoir are
popular ice fishing locations in southwest Wyoming.
For more information about ice fishing, contact the Wyoming Game and Fish Department at gf.state.wy.us or wgfd.wyo.gov.
Or, call (307) 777-4600.

Oyster Ridge Music Festival Kemmerer July 28-30


Musicians from all over the country will take the stage at the
24th annual Oyster Ridge Music Festival, Wyomings largest free
music festival, held in downtown Kemmerer in historic Triangle
Park.
Once a year, local residents and visitors from all over the
country put on their dancing shoes, grab a lawn chair and flock to
the Triangle for the best little fest in the Rocky Mountain West,
which was born in 1993. Musicians from all over the country will
take the stage this year at the annual event, July 28-30.
With just about every musical genre represented from
bluegrass to funk, rock to soul, the Oyster Ridge Music Festival has
something to offer every music lover.
For details about this summers concert line-up and associated
activities, visit www.oysterridgemusicfestival.com, or call (307) 877-
6958.

Pine Creek Ski Resort Cokeville


The Pine Creek Resort in Cokeville opened for skiers in 2010, and
it offers a great opportunity for families to get out and enjoy the snow. It
is located just west of Cokeville and brings in people from as far away as
Utah and Green River.
Available for beginner skiers is a small rope tow; for more advanced
skiers, a quad lift is also available. Despite their smaller size in com-
parison to most resorts, Pine Creek is a full service facility, with rentals,
lessons, ski store and restaurant.
The resort is open Friday through Sunday and on holidays during
the ski season. You wont want to miss this years annual winter carnival
on March 11.
For more information about the resort and everything it has to of-
fer, call (307) 279-3201 or visit www.pinecreekskiresort.com.

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Pioneer Days Celebration
Lyman, Week of July 24
Pioneer Days occurs annually around July 24, which marks the date
Mormon Pioneers entered the Salt Lake Valley in 1847. Bridger Valleys Pio-
neer Days is boasted as the largest celebration of this date outside the state of
Utah, where it is a state holiday known as the Days of 47.
The celebration in Lyman includes a flag-raising ceremony, triathlon,
community barbecue, talent show, ranch rodeo, junior rodeo and parade.
The parade traditionally dates back to when horse drawn carriages and wag-
ons were the only means of transportation.
In addition to these activities, the committee also sponsors a pioneer
heritage display which traces back to the communitys early heritage.

Pony Express Re-Ride Evanston, June 10-11


The 155th anniversary Re-Ride of the National Pony Express Trail from Sacra-
mento, California, to St. Joseph, Missouri, is set for June 10-11, 2017. Local riders will
receive the mail from the Sweetwater county line at about 6 p.m. on Saturday, June 10,
and will trade riders every two miles. They will deliver the mail at the Wyoming-Utah
border at approximately 2 a.m. on Sunday, June 11, as the mail continues on to Salt
Lake City. Times can vary by as much as two hours.
This re-ride will be a 10-day, 24-hour-a-day, non-stop event involving over 500
riders and horses. The 1,966-mile route will be over the Pony Express National His-
toric Trail, from Missouri through Kansas, Nebraska, Colorado, Wyoming, Utah, and
Nevada to California. It is the longest event held annually on a historical trail in the
nation, even surpassing the famed Iditarod.
Riders will carry commemorative letters in a mochila, Pony Express style. The ca-
chets, honoring Pony Express history, will be available for purchase by NPEA members,
historians, and philatelists.
The envelopes will show they were carried by the Pony Express, and the first class
postage will have a special US Postal service cancellation. Only the number of letters
purchased will be carried. Anyone wishing to see the Pony Express riders should be
aware that they may be anywhere from two hours ahead to two hours behind schedule.
Riders must be at least 14 years old and provide their own pony or horse to ride.
Most riders carry the mail a distance of two miles. Because of all the fences, the Uinta County route is on dirt roads or beside
highways. Spectators are always thrilled to see a pony rider galloping along beside the highway.
For more details, visit www.xphomestation.com or call Ron Atkinson at (307) 799-7846 or (307) 789-3854.

Raspberry Days Rich County, Utah Aug. 3-5


Come join in the harvest of the delicious raspberry crop during July and August in
Rich County, Utah. Raspberry Days is an event that brings tourists from all across the U.S.
and the world to sample these succulent treats.
The Raspberry Days Festival celebrates the harvest of the world famous Bear Lake
raspberries. The raspberry harvest usually starts about the third week of July and lasts
three to four weeks.
The festival is a fun-filled three-day event with Little Miss Berry Pageant, a craft fair
with continuous entertainment, a parade on the boulevard, a rodeo and a 5K run in Lake-
town.
A pancake breakfast is held at Garden City Park; the event ends with fireworks on the beach.
Raspberry Days 2017 will be held Thursday-Saturday, Aug. 3-5, in Garden City, Utah, at the Garden City Park, located at 400
S. Bear Lake Blvd.
For more information, call (800) 448-2327 or visit the Raspberry Days website at www.gardencityut.us/rasberrydays.html.

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Roundhouse Festival Evanston
Join the fun and excitement of Evanstons long-running Roundhouse Festival.
In 2017, the event hosted by Roundhouse Restoration, Inc. and the Hostlers Model
Railroad Club, will celebrate its 20th year. Held the first weekend in August, the
Roundhouse Festival features a model train show, model train vendors, roundhouse
turntable rides, a quilt and art show, food, raffles and train rides for kids.
The festival is free to attend and is usually held in conjunction with Evanstons
annual Downtown Sidewalk Sale.
This years festival will be held Friday-Sunday, Aug. 4-6 at Evanstons Historic
Roundhouse & Railyards at 1440 Main St.
For more information, please contact Mike Murphy at (801) 394-4952
(mmurphy@q.com), or Tammie Corderio at (801) 779-2763 (cordeirot@live.com), or Dan Heiny at (307) 789-0229.

Sled Dog Race


The International Pedigree Stage Stop Sled Dog Race mushes through southwest Wyoming in
late January and early February each year.
The race was started in 1996 by Frank Teasley and public health nurse Jayne Ottman, who
wanted to showcase the beautiful state of Wyoming and make sled dog racing more accessible to
the general public. Hundreds of teams and thousands of dogs have participated in the race since its
inception.
The race takes off from Jackson and mushes its way through southwest Wyoming. The unique
stage stop race makes stops in many Wyoming communities; in February 2017, the race ended in
Evanston, where final festivities were held.
With its unique stage stop format, the sled dog race has become a popular mushing event, at-
tracting the worlds top competitors. Host communities greet the mushers, dogs and visiting guests
with a variety of entertaining activities. Since the teams stop each night of the race, the event has
earned the nickname, the dog-friendly race.
The race also features a charitable aspect. Each year the race makes contributions to commu-
nities along the race route to promote childhood immunizations. And Pedigree provides a years
worth of food for one dog to each animal shelter on the race route.
Lina Streeper from Fort Nelson, British Columbia, Canada, won the 2017 race with an overall time of 23 hours, 7 minutes and
58 seconds a little more than 20 minutes ahead of the second-place finisher and nearly an hour and a half faster than the previ-
ous years winner, her husband Blayne Streeper.
For more information, visit the race website at www.wyomingstagestop.org; contact the race via e-mail at bark@wyoming-
stagestop.org or by telephone at (307) 734-1163.

Snowmobiling
With its deep powder snow, mountainous terrain and scenic open space, the
Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest has fast become a destination location for
the growing sport of snowmobiling. More than half a million acres are designated
for snowmobile use across the Forest. And over 220 miles of trails are groomed
throughout the winter, in cooperation with Utah Division of Parks and Recreation.
A little further north, the Bridger-Teton National Forest offers snowmobile
enthusiasts an expanse of lands unequalled in the United States. On the Bridger-
Teton National Forest, you can access the continental divide snowmobile trail
system, as well as an extensive network of groomed trails. There are a total of 94
miles of snowmobile trails in the district that are designated, marked and groomed
regularly.
Trails follow major roadways and generally have little grade and are relatively
wide and straight. They are usually well-traveled and easy to follow. For grooming reports, call 1-800-OHV- RIDE.

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SNOWMOBILING from page 43
Ungroomed trails are much more challenging and should only be attempted by experienced riders with snowmobiles
designed for deep, unpacked snow. These trails follow primitive roads and have longer, steeper slopes and may be narrow and
windy.
Snowmobile trails in the Evanston and Mountain View ranger districts
Numerous snowmobile routes traverse the Evanston and Mountain View ranger districts of the Wasatch-Cache National
Forest; however, just like ATVs, snowmobiles are only allowed on designated routes and areas. Winter Motorized Use Maps are
available free at the districts visitor center. Snowmobilers are reminded that all snowmobile routes and areas are closed until
there is at least 12 inches of base snow and that all motorized use, including snowmobiles, is prohibited in designated Wilderness
Areas.
Before venturing out, please visit the Utah Avalanche Forecast Center website at www.utahavalanchecenter.org for the latest
avalanche forecast, as well as avalanche safety tips and information about how to stay out of avalanche terrain.

Modern-day snow-shoeing made easy!


In southwest Wyoming, it snows. And snows. And snows.
The first light dustings crunch and squeak underfoot, but as winter continues, the
snow drifts high, and walking even short distances gets to be quite a slog. Thats when
its time to take out the snowshoes.
Snowshoes started out as vital tools for winter survival. They work by distributing
the wearers weight over a large enough area to keep from sinking into the snow.
Most modern snowshoes are made of aluminum and are smaller, lighter and more
maneuverable than traditional wooden snowshoes.
Like Nordic skis, snowshoes give the wearer nearly limitless access to southwest
Wyomings great outdoors during the snow-covered months. Unlike skis, however,
snowshoeing is easy to master without the falls that initiate the new skier.
Snowshoes are available for rental at among other places, Purple Sage Golf Course in Evanston.

Uinta County Concert Series Evanston


Evanstons The Arts Inc. will once again entertain area residents with its annual Con-
cert Series.
Several of the artists participating in the series will also be offering performances in
the schools while they are here as part of the Specialists in the Schools Project.
The Arts Inc. board members work hard all year finding sponsors to help pay for the
artists to come and have to book artists far in advance to get them to southwest Wyoming
for their tours. Organizers travel to watch potential acts before they book for the local se-
ries. The Young Musicians also attend booking conferences, where different artists perform
in hopes of getting booked for their tours.
Remaining 2017 Concert Series performances, all of which will take place at 7 p.m. at
Davis Middle School, include the following:
March 17: BYU Theatre Ballet will perform Fairy Tales and Fantasy, highlights
from some of the stages most popular and successful ballets. There will also be a pre-show
Prince and Princess Party for guests who want to dress up and meet the ballet troupe.
April 14: Saxophobia features Rob Verdi demonstrating some of the most unusual
saxophones ever made and performing selections from more than half a century of jazz
classics.
May 5: Women of the World brings four women from across the globe to sing music
from a variety of cultures in many languages.
Individual performances are $15 for adults and $6 for students. Tickets are available on
theartsinc.com, at the Evanston Chamber of Commerce or at the door. The Concert Series
is an annual series, and tickets for the next series (including discounted season tickets) are
usually available starting in the autumn, when the season lineup will also be announced.
For more information, call Carolee Bowen and (307) 679-2348 or visit theartsinc.com.

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Wyoming Downs Racetrack Evanston,
June 24-Aug. 13, 2017
After a four-year hiatus, the horse races at Wyoming Downs
returned for one weekend in 2013 and hosted a full season of races in
2014-2016. The races will return to Evanston in 2017.
The races are scheduled for 1 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday
from June 24-Aug. 13 at the Wyoming Downs Racetrack. For more
information, visit www.wyomingdowns.com or call (307) 789-7223.

CALENDAR
MARCH 22 JUNE
17 Relay for Life, 5 p.m.-midnight, Evanston, (512) 490-8780 3
The Arts, Inc., Concert Series: BYU Theatre Ballet 24 35th Renewal Ball, Evanston Roundhouse, Evanston
7 p.m., Davis Middle School, Evanston Sagebrush Theatre Productions: Stargirl , 7 p.m., Evanston (307) 783-6320
(307) 679-2348 or www.theartsinc.com Cultural Center, Evanston, www.sagebrushtheatre.org 3
17-19 28 Free Fishing Day, Wyoming (fishing regulations, creel and
Mountain Man Fur Trade Era Winter Encampment Evanston Youth Club for Boys and Girls Fundraising Dinner, size limits, gear restrictions and stream closures still in effect)
Fort Bridger Trading Post, Fort Bridger (307) 782-3842 6 p.m., Evanston Machine Shop, Evanston www.wgfd.wyo.gov
24-25 (307) 444-2582 or www.theclubofevanston.org 10-11
Ceili at the Roundhouse Celtic Festival 28-30 Pony Express Re-ride, 6 p.m., Saturday, June 10, Wyoming/
Roundhouse & Railyards Complex, Evanston Sagebrush Theatre Productions: Stargirl Utah line; 2 a.m., Sunday, June 11, Sweetwater County line
(307) 679-2348 or www.theartsinc.com 7 p.m. (also 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 29), Evanston Cultural (times approximate) (307) 799-7846 or (307) 789-3854
Center, Evanston, www.sagebrushtheatre.org
APRIL 16-17
5 Fossilfest, 4 p.m.-9 p.m., downtown Kemmerer
MAY
Bridger Valley Chamber of Commerce Awards Luncheon, www.fossilfest.org
5
Noon, Heritage Barn, Lyman (307) 787-6738 The Arts, Inc., Concert Series: Women of the World 16-17
14 7 p.m., Davis Middle School, Evanston Evanston Rodeo Series, Uinta County Fairgrounds, Evanston
The Arts, Inc., Concert Series: Saxophobia (307) 679-2348 or www.theartsinc.com www.evanstonrodeoseries.com
7 p.m., Davis Middle School, Evanston 6 17
(307) 679-2348 or www.theartsinc.com Cinco de Mayo Festival, 1-11:30 p.m., Evanston Machine Patriot 5K, Bear River State Park, Evanston
15 Shop, Evanston, (307) 789-6031 (307) 679-1252 or ucveteransboard@gmail.com
Easter Egg Hunt, Fort Bridger, (307) 782-3842 13 17
15 South Lincoln Medical Center Health Fair Fort Bridger Moonlight Tours, Fort Bridger (307) 782-3842
Young Musicians Festival, Davis Middle School, Evanston South Lincoln Medical Center, Kemmerer (307) 877-4401
21
(307) 789-2178 or www.theartsinc.com 13 Safe Kids Fair, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Evanston Community Center
19 Uinta County Outdoor Recreation Education, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., (Bear River State Park), Evanston, (307) 789-9203 ext. 207
Business Expo, 3-8 p.m., Roundhouse & Railyards Complex, Bear River Greenway, Evanston (307) 789-2519
Evanston (307) 679-2168 23-24
20
21 Evanston Cowboy Days Spring Fling Evanston Bluegrass Festival, Historic Depot Square, Evanston
Peter Pan (STARS! Production Company), Evanston 5 p.m., Evanston Roundhouse, Evanston (307) 789-8011
7 p.m., Davis Middle School, Evanston (307) 789-1770 (307) 679-8019 or www.evanstoncowboydays.com 24-Aug. 13 (every Saturday and Sunday)
21-22 25 Wyoming Downs Horse Racing
Sagebrush Theatre Productions: Stargirl , 7 p.m., Evanston Evanston Civic Orchestra and Chorus 1 p.m., Wyoming Downs racetrack, Evanston
Cultural Center (formerly The Strand Theater), Evanston, Time and location TBA, Evanston (307) 789-7223 or www.wyomingdowns.com
www.sagebrushtheatre.org ww.evanstoncivicorchestraandchorus.blogspot.com
June 30-July 1
22 29 Thin Air Triathlon, 9000 WY-150, Evanston
SAFV Task Force Charity Car Show 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Evanston Memorial Day Observance, 11 a.m., Evanston Roundhouse,
www.thinairtri.com
Machine Shop, Evanston (307) 799-8336 or (307) 679-6258 Evanston, (307) 679-1252 or ucveterans@gmail.com
22 29 June 30-July 1
Evanston Womens Conference, Evanston High School, Evan- Memorial Day Flag Raising Ceremony, 8 a.m., Fort Bridger Evanston Rodeo Series, Uinta County Fairgrounds, Evanston
ston, www.evanstonregionalhospital.com/healthywoman State Historic Site museum, Fort Bridger (307) 782-3842 www.evanstonrodeoseries.com
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JULY Through the Decades 7 p.m., Evanston Cultural Center, 11
1, 3-4 Evanston, www.sagebrushtheatre.org National Fossil Day, Fossil Butte National Monument
Woodruff Days Celebration, Woodruff, Utah, (435) 793-4201 4-6 (307) 877-4455
or Woodruff Homecoming Celebration page on Facebook 20th Annual Roundhouse Festival, Roundhouse & Railyards
4 Complex, Evanston (307) 783-6320 25
Fresh Air Freedom and Fun Festival, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Hamb- UCBLN Awards Luncheon
5 Noon, location TBA, Evanston
lin Park, Evanston, (307) 789-1770 22nd Evanston Car Show, Hamblin Park, Evanston (307) 783-6302 or www.blnworks.com
4 (307) 679-6258 or www.evanstoncarcruise.org
July 4 Celebration, Fort Bridger, Bridger Valley (307) 782-3842 25-26
5-12 UCBLN Awards Luncheon
4 Lincoln County Fair, Fairgrounds, Afton Noon, location TBA, Bridger Valley
July 4 Celebration, Kemmerer/Diamondville www.lincolncountyfair.info (307) 783-6302 or www.blnworks.com
(307) 679-4536 or (307) 727-6275 12 27
6-Oct. 5 (Thursdays) Dolittle Car Show, Eagle Bar on Main Street, La Barge Casino Night
Farmers Market , 3-7 p.m., Historic Depot Square, Evanston (307) 386-2565 7 p.m., Evanston Machine Shop, Evanston
(307) 679-1447 or (307) 679-1278 15-20 (307) 444-2582 or www.theclubofevanston.org
6-Aug. 24 (Thursdays) Rich County Fair, Randolph Fairgrounds (fireworks and
Music in the Air at Depot Square dance at Randolph City Park), Randolph, Utah NOVEMBER
6 p.m., Historic Depot Square, Evanston (435) 881-4534 or www.richcountyut.org 3-4
(307) 783-6320 17 (tentative) Sagebrush Theatre Productions
Downtown Amazing Race, Downtown Evanston 7 p.m. at the Evanston Cultural Center, Evanston
10 www.sagebrushtheatre.org
Kids Fishing Day, 7:45 a.m.-1 p.m., Bear Greenway Ice Main Street Amazing Race (Facebook page)
Ponds, Evanston (307) 679-0074 19 4
Stars and Smores, Sunset, Fort Bridger Turkey Shoot
10-14 Bear River State Park, Evanston
MAT Camp and Blue Sky Camp, Davis Middle School, (307) 782-3842
(307) 677-5086
Evanston (307) 679-2348 or www.theartsinc.com 21
Eclipse Activities, 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Uinta County Library, 6
11 Sagebrush Theatre Productions
Youth & Little Buckaroo Rodeo, Kemmerer Rodeo Arena, Evanston, (307) 783-0370 or www.etownchamber.com
7 p.m. at the Evanston Cultural Center, Evanston
Kemmerer (307) 723-1044 25-27 www.sagebrushtheatre.org
14-15 Bear River Rendezvous, Bear River State Park, Evanston
(307) 677-5086 or (307) 677-5277 10-11
Evanston Rodeo Series, Uinta County Fairgrounds, Evanston Sagebrush Theatre Productions
www.evanstonrodeoseries.com
26 7 p.m. at the Evanston Cultural Center, Evanston
22 Airport Day, 7 a.m.-1 p.m. (tentative), Evanston Airport, www.sagebrushtheatre.org
Evanston Brewfest, 1-5 p.m., Historic Depot Square, Evan- Evanston, Evanston Aviation (Facebook page)
11
ston (307) 783-6320 26 Veterans Day Banquet
22 Veterans Freedom Festival, 10 a.m., Mountain View
Evanston Roundhouse, Evanston
Freedom Bike Rally, Evanston (307) 783-0313 (307) 780-8669
(307) 679-1252 or ucveterans@gmail.com
21-22 (tentative) 26
Bear End Arts & Entertainment Festival Date TBA
Pioneer Day celebration, Lyman (307) 780-8921
Bear Meadows and Bear River Ice Ponds, Evanston Santas Workshop/Festival of Trees
27-Aug. 5 (307) 783-0370 or www.etownchamber.com Roundhouse & Railyards Complex, Evanston
Uinta County Fair, Uinta County Fairgrounds, Evanston (307) 783-0370
(307) 789-4785 or www.uintacountyfair.org SEPTEMBER
25
28-30 1-4 Small Business Saturday
Oyster Ridge Music Festival, Triangle Park, Kemmerer Evanston Cowboy Days, Uinta County Fairgrounds (except Downtown Evanston
www.oysterridgemusicfestival.com for Monday parade on Front Street), Evanston (307) 679-8019 (307) 783-6320
29 or www.evanstoncowboydays.com 30
High Desert Mountain Bike Poker Run, 8 a.m. (registration 1-4 Downtown Open House and Parade of Lights
at 7 a.m.), four miles north of Kemmerer on Hwy 233, Kem- Fort Bridger Mountain Man Rendezvous, Fort Bridger Time TBA, downtown Evanston
merer (307) 877-6551 (307) 782-3842 Main Street Promotions-Evanston Wyoming (Facebook
29-30 9 page)
Sagebrush Theatre Productions: Fashion and Music Demolition Derby, Uinta County Fairgrounds, Evanston
Through the Decades 7 p.m., Evanston Cultural Center, (307) 789-3013 DECEMBER
Evanston, www.sagebrushtheatre.org 1
19
DARE Concert: Aaron Tippin North Pole Carnival
AUGUST
Location TBA, Evanston 6-8 p.m., Evanston Machine Shop, Evanston
3-5
Raspberry Days, Garden City, Utah (307) 783-1037 (307) 444-2582 or www.theclubofevanston.org
(800) 448-2327 or www.gardencityut.us/rasberrydays.html 2
OCTOBER Christmas at the Fort
3-6
TBA 6 p.m., Fort Bridger
Bear Lake Rendezvous, Garden City, Utah (801) 567-1194
Haunted Halloween Tours, Fort Bridger (307) 782-3842
4-5 (307) 782-3842
Annual Sidewalk Sales, Downtown Evanston (307) 783-6320 1-2
19 Bridger Valley Christmas Festival
4-5 Hunters Widows Night, Downtown Evanston Lyman High School, Lyman
Sagebrush Theatre Productions: Fashion and Music (307) 783-6320 (307) 787-6595

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Complimentary Daybreak
Breakfast With Cheddar
Cheese Omelets &
Waffles
Indoor Heated Swimming
Pool & Hot Tub
48 Flatscreen TVs with
100+ HD Channels
Free Wifi
Business Center
Fitness Center
All Rooms Include Refrigerator, Microwave,
Coffee Maker, Hair Dryer, Iron and Ironing
Board, Alarm Clock Radio
RV & Truck Parking
Adjacent to Restaurant and Lounge
Nonsmoking Rooms Available
Meeting Rooms with Capacity (150 People)
Jacuzzi / Hot Tub Suite
Guest Laundry
Pet Friendly
Right Off Interstate 80

1983 Harrison Drive I-80 Exit 3 Evanston, Wyoming 82930


(307) 789-0783 Fax (307) 789-3353
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