(Rock Springs, Wyo.) – A guided tour of Native American rock art, early transportation corridors, coal towns, and ranches in the Red Desert has been planned for this Saturday sponsored by the Alliance for Historic Wyoming. Learn about the history of the human impact on the landscape and the modern issues and procedures that come into play with public land use. Stops include Point of Rocks, Reliance, and the Crookston Ranch.
The tour, featuring a variety of local historians and cultural experts, will begin at 8:00 a.m. at Western Wyoming Community College and will conclude at 5:00 p.m.
he event is part of AHW’s Unbarred series, which provides glimpses into preservation efforts throughout Wyoming. The tour will discuss historic land use and modern issues, concerns, and procedures that come into play with oil, gas, and public land use on both the landscape and cultural resources. “The historic Red Desert is a treasure-trove of unique historical and cultural sites that document how we have interacted with the landscape in a variety of ways,” says Brie Blasi, AHW Board member and local historian. “But many of the best sites in the desert may be hard to access without a tour—and we have gathered a talented team to help interpret these special places.” The tour will span a range of decades and human influences on the desert landscape including American Indian rock art, emigrant trails, coal mining, and ranching.
The event includes a full-day tour and lunch catered by Donna Toly of the Beta Sigma Phi Sorority. We will be driving to the sites, but please come prepared to be outside for most of the day. Transportation provided for first 20 participants. Others may caravan. Space is limited: call 307-333-3508 to make a reservation.
(Image of the Crookston Ranch below)
–Provided by the Alliance for Historic Wyoming