National Historic Trails Center celebrates 20th anniversary

Published: Aug. 10, 2022 at 6:54 PM CDT
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CASPER, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - In 2022 The National Historic Trails Interpretive Center is celebrating its 20th anniversary. The Center is hosting activities starting Tuesday August 9, through Saturday August 13. The week long celebrations will see everything from free covered wagon rides to meet and greets with television stars. Josh Kirk from the History channel show Mountain Men will make an appearance and conduct a meet and greet with folks on Thursday August 11.

During the week the center unveiled a new documentary that was created for the center. The 27 minute film is based around the Battle of Red Buttes but some folks may know it as the battle of Platte Ridge Station.

Interpretive Technician Kathleen Hanson had this to say about the documentary, “It’s a very moving documentary, you get to hear all the different sides of that story. It really tells a unique piece of our Casper and Trail history.”

Historic trails west provided the free wagon rides to those in attendance on Wednesday. Morris Carter brought his own wagon and horses and serviced almost 300 patrons with rides near the center and for more information on their organization you can click here.

On their final day the center will host a living history pioneer camp, Dutch oven cooking, live music, and a Wyoming archaeologist will host two presentations.

“I’m so stoked to see all these people here, one of the things we’ve been really trying to do is reach out to our locals, so with all these special events going on I’m super excited to see all these locals bringing their kids for a wagon ride, to experience the trails center. It’s amazing seeing all these families coming through,” said Kathleen.

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