Trails Center hosts trio of events headlining this weekend

Ancient cures, historic battles and the Pony Express highlight this weekend’s events
The Trails Center is hosting three unique events: “Frontier Medicine,” “The Pony Express,” and...
The Trails Center is hosting three unique events: “Frontier Medicine,” “The Pony Express,” and “Marking the Wagon Box Fight”(KWTX)
Published: Aug. 10, 2023 at 10:51 AM CDT
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CASPER, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now/PRESS RELEASE) - The Trails Center will keep Wyomingites busy this weekend.

The National Historic Trails Interpretive Center is hosting three unique events: “Frontier Medicine,” “The Pony Express,” and “Marking the Wagon Box Fight”

“Get ready for an action-packed weekend at the National Historic Trails Interpretive Center as the Pony Express takes center stage on Saturday, followed by a captivating presentation on the historic Wagon Box Fight on Sunday,” a press release from the trails center stated.

Twenty years after the first emigrants crossed the pioneer trails across the continent, the Pony Express thundered along much of the same route. While the Pony Express provided a relatively quick mail service from Missouri to California, this sensational but expensive enterprise was soon replaced by the Transcontinental Telegraph.

At 1 p.m. on Saturday, National Pony Express Association members will be at the Trails Center to highlight the history of the Pony Express and re-enact a handoff of the mochila, the iconic leather pouch which secured their mail. The program will take place outside on the Trails Center grounds near the Pony Express cabin and is expected to last 30-45 minutes.

The Trails Center encourages guests to arrive even earlier on Saturday to make their visit a double feature by attending this weekend’s youth program, “Frontier Medicine.” At 11 a.m., participants will learn about many of the common cures used to doctor pioneers and Pony Express riders in this hands-on program.

The following day, the Trails Center welcomes back local historian and former Trails Center interpreter, Kylie McCormick, for a special presentation on one of Wyoming’s most noteworthy battles. McCormick will present “Marking the Wagon Box Fight” at 1 p.m. on Aug. 13.

Nearly fifty years after the Wagon Box Fight took place near modern-day Story, Wyo., an effort to mark its location began. Under the leadership of Grace Raymond Hebard and H.G. Nickerson, Wyoming’s Oregon Trail Commission expanded its mission to mark historic locations, including the battle sites of Red Cloud’s War.

Visitors will learn more about this historic battle, testimonies of survivors and visits that helped to mark its location decades later.

Events Schedule

  • August 12 at 11 a.m.: Frontier Medicine (Youth Event)
    • Learn about the common cures of the mid-1800s with this hands-on “pioneer hospital.”
  • August 12 at 1 p.m.: The Pony Express
    • Featuring National Pony Express Association Members.
  • August 13 at 1 p.m.: Marking the Wagon Box Fight

For upcoming programs visit the Trails Center’s website here.

For more information, call the Trails Center at 307-261-7700.