Wind River Heritage Center President Lew Diehl used maps to explain the history of the fur trade era and how Riverton was involved. (Ernie Over photo)

(Riverton, Wyo.) – The Wind River Heritage Center and Old West Wax Museum on South Broadway Friday was the spot to be for a Riverton 4th grade student. As part of their Wyoming History Curriculum, the students, in two large groups, descended on the museum for a field trip and lessons on the fur trade era.

 

WRHC President Lew Diehl and other museum volunteers guided the students through the Jake Korell Wildlife Collection and the museum’s newest attraction, the Old West Wax Museum.

Diehl gave the students a “show and tell” of items that mountain men carried with them including food packs, a possibles bag, traps and other items. He also showed the students a variety of pelts that mountain men would seek, including beaver, fox, bobcat, pine marten, coyote, skunk and others.

Then the students struck out with their guides to learn about area’s trapping and trading history.

Photos by Ernie Over