A TRIP TO WYOMING

THIS JULY IT WAS TIME AGAIN FOR MY HIGH SCHOOL REUNION IN RIVERTON. IT WAS A LONG TIME AGO THAT I GRADUATED FROM THAT SMALL HIGH SCHOOL WITH ABOUT 60 OTHERS.  UNFORTUNATELY THERE ARE NOT TOO MANY OF US LEFT AFTER MORE THAN HALF A CENTURY HAS PASSED. IT WAS GREAT TO SEE MY CLASSMATES.  WE SHARED OUR STORIES AND HOPED WE WOULD BE AROUND FOR ANOTHER REUNION IN FIVE MORE YEARS.
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ALONG THE WAY I HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO VISIT THE WONDERFUL MUSEUMS IN DUBOIS AND LANDER. THE DUBOIS MUSEUM HAS SOME GREAT DISPLAYS INCLUDING A SMALL LOG CABIN DEDICATED TO PHOTOS AND HISTORY OF THE TIE DRIVE IN MEMORY OF THOSE STOUT-HEARTED MEN WHO MADE IT HAPPEN. MY MOST RECENT BLOG HAS MORE INFORMATION. DO STOP BY THERE WHEN YOU CAN, GREAT DISPLAYS ON ALL THINGS ABOUT THE HISTORY OF WYOMING AND FREMONT COUNTY. 

I ALSO HAD A CHANCE TO VISIT THE LANDER MUSEUM WHICH IS FEATURING THE PAINTINGS BY A WELL-KNOWN WESTERN ARTIST ALL ABOUT THE LIFE AND TIMES OF CHIEF WASHAKIE, THE FAMOUS AND HIGHLY HONORED CHIEF OF THE SHOSHONE TRIBE OF NATIVE AMERICANS WHO HAVE THEIR RESERVATION NEARBY.  INCLUDED IN THE DISPLAY ARE SHORT HISTORIES OF CHIEF WASHAKIE’S LIFE AND TIMES.  THE DVD I MADE IN COOPERATION WITH MY HIGH SCHOOL CLASSMATE, SANDY DELMONTE WHOSE FAMILY ARE THE OWNERS OF THE PAINTINGS ORIGINALLY COMMISSIONED BY HER FATHER-IN-LAW, THE WELL-KNOW LANDER LEADER AND HOTEL OWNER, HAROLD DELMONTE, IS ON SALE THERE. THE EXHIBIT IS A POWERFUL DISPLAY OF THE WONDERFUL PAINTINGS OF J K RALSTON AND ANOTHER HONOR TO A GREAT MAN AND CHIEF WHO LIVED THROUGH THE ENTIRE 1880’S.  DO YOURSELF A FAVOR IF YOU ARE IN THE AREA AND SEE THE DISPLAY. IT WILL BE TAKEN DOWN THIS FALL BUT THE PAINTINGS WILL REMAIN AT THE LANDER MUSEUM. A COUPLE OF PHOTOS OF THE PAINTINGS ARE SHOWN HEREIN.  

PS  IF YOU CAN FIND THE CURRENT COPY OF “THE WEST” MAGAZINE, THERE IS A SHORT ARTICLE AND PHOTO OF ONE OF THE PAINTINGS ON PAGE 12.

BY THE WAY, YOU MAY REMEMBER MY POST ABOUT PYGMIES IN WYOMING (REALLY ?), WELL WHILE AT THE MUSEUM IN LANDER I PURCHASED AN INTERESTING BOOK, “STORIES OF THE EASTERN SHOSHONE”. A COLLECTION OF FOLK TALES HANDED DOWN FROM GENERATION TO GENERATION. TO MY SURPRISE THERE IS A STORY ABOUT PYGMIES IN THIS DELIGHTFUL BOOK. TO QUOTE JOHN TREHERO (THE MAIN STORY TELLER IN THIS BOOK), “HE HAD HEARD ABOUT THE PYGMIES FROM HIS GRANDMOTHER. ALTHOUGH SHE HAD NEVER SEEN ANY HERSELF, SHE KNEW OF THEM AS A RACE THAT HAD EXISTED LONG, LONG AGO”. JOHN CALLED THEM SMALL “TUKURIKA” OR HE PREFERRED ANOTHER NAME MEANING LITTLE MOUNTAIN PEOPLE. HE SURMISED PERHAPS THEY BECAME THE ESKIMOS.  STRANGE STORY TO BE SURE, BUT THE STORY SEEMS TO PREVAIL EVEN TO THIS DAY. FODDER FOR THE ANCIENT ALIEN FOLKS?

WYOMING HISTORY IS FILLED WITH FASCINATING STORIES OF THE NOT TOO DISTANT PAST, A PLACE THAT TRULY IS “WILD AND WONDERFUL”.

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