Pam Spencer-Hockett and Steve Hockett stand in the doorway of Hyde’s Hall, which the Hocketts and their crew led by Steve Lee recently stabilized. The historic metal sign saying “Hyde’s Hall” will be displayed later.
The Atlantic City Historical Society (ACHS) will celebrate its 30th anniversary Aug. 31, with a day of historic tours and a Dutch-oven lunch in the community, located south of Lander off of Wyoming Highway 28 on South Pass.
The day will start with a walking tour of Atlantic City from 7:30 – 9:30 a.m. The tour will feature the historic Hyde’s Hall and Wyoming’s newest designated National Historic Site, the Carpenter Hotel Historic District.
Pam Spencer-Hockett’s crew has stabilized the walls of Hyde’s Hall and constructed a building out back, which will be used as an apartment, pottery studio, and her architecture office. Constructed around 1868 as a bank, Hyde’s Hall later was used as a store, saloon, post office, and dance hall.
The Carpenter Hotel District was constructed by the Carpenter family in the early 1900s and now is the Miner’s Delight Inn B&B. The current owners are Barbara and Bob Townsend; Barbara designed the organization’s new logo and anniversary “Hard Rock Tour” t-shirt featuring a list of area mines.
At 10 a.m., the group will meet at South Pass City to carpool to the Carissa Mine and Mill to see the latest improvements, including the ball mill, which is operating for the first time in 60 years. At noon, Jack Schmidt will prepare an authentic 1870s Dutch-oven feast for those who reserveda space. A business meeting will follow.
ACHS was incorporated with the state of Wyoming in 1983 when a dozen local people wanted to interview some of the area’s long-term residents. Through a grant from the Wyoming Humanities Council, over 30 people were interviewed about how the community dealt with a number of boom/ bust periods. Copies of the interview tapes and transcripts were donated to the Wyoming State Archives in Cheyenne, South Pass City State Historical Site, the Pioneer Museum in Lander, and the Lander Library.
In 1986, the organization received an award and cash prize from the humanities council, which was used to construct the walking tour.
For more information about the historical society, contact ACHS President Susan Layman at 330-6088.