Platte County's History will be the highlight of the Wyoming State Historical Society’s annual Trek, this year hosted by the Platte County chapter. The event is open to everyone and will be held the weekend of June 10th, with Wheatland as the host city. Trekkers are required to register in advance by contacting Patsy Parkin at 307-322-9365 or going online to www.wyshs.org.
A variety of activities will take place including wagon rides, talks by local historians, and the history of various landmarks. Side trips will include trips to historic Guernsey State Park, lunch at the Miners’ and Stockmen’s Bar in Hartville, and then a rare behind the scene glimpse into the historic Sunrise mines, and talks about the important archaeological excavations taking place. Special guests will include renowned archaeologist Dr. George Frison, and young actress Kyleen Smith who will portray Platte County’s first traveling librarian, Mabel Wilkinson. Some of the requirements for Mabel’s job was “to be able to get along with Western people, ride and drive, as well as pack a horse, follow a trail, shoot straight, run an automobile, and be able to rough it whenever necessary!”
Tours of Laramie Peak Museum and the Laramie River Power Plant will also be among the offerings. Chapter president, Patsy Parkin, invites everyone to consider attending, and reminds that registration closes on June 1. For more details contact her at 307-322-9365 or register online at www.wyshs.org.
A variety of activities will take place including wagon rides, talks by local historians, and the history of various landmarks.