Borner’s Garden Club 1952
The Pioneer Museum recently received a donation of a beautiful “48 states” quilt made by the Borner’s Garden Club in 1952. The quilt features the state birds and flowers of all the states at that time.
Located a few miles south of Lander on the Sinks Canyon Road (near Hornecker Creek), there were a number of ranches and homesteads. Enough people lived in the area, and in the days before cars, it was a long enough trip to Lander, that the people living there considered themselves a separate community.
There was a post office and a school (which now stands on the grounds of the museum complex). The school was also used as a community center where dances, weddings, funerals and other community events were held.
In 1927 the ladies living in the area formed the Borner’s Garden Club. It was an active group of women who met at the various member’s homes and quilted, made dresses, candy, rugs, baskets and made and studied other things.
The area was named for John Borner, who was born and raised in Germany. He came to South Pass City for the gold rush in 1867.
After the gold boom had passed, he, like many miners, moved to the Lander Valley. Borner homesteaded on the road to Sinks Canyon, creating a prosperous ranch. In 1871 he married Lena Canary, the sister of the infamous Calamity Jane. Calamity spent a considerable amount of time in the Lander and South Pass area before ending up in Deadwood with Wild Bill Hickock. Calamity often visited her sister at Borner’s Garden and was even a laundress at Fort Washakie when the army had its post there.
Today there are still ranches in the area, but few people call it, or even know of, Borners Garden, one of many small communities that dotted Fremont County.
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Next up for the Fremont County Museums
July 8th 9 am at the Dubois Museum, “Tie Hack Trek” Wind River Visitors Council Adventure Trek Series
July 13th 7 pm at the Pioneer Museum, “Poetry and Song by Darra Perez, Wyoming Community Bank Discovery Speakers Series
July 15th 3 pm at the Riverton Museum, “History of the J.B. Okie Family” by Zane Fross, Wyoming Community Bank Discovery Speakers Series
July 22nd 9 am at the Riverton Museum, “J.B. Okie Manor Trek” Wind River Visitors Council Adventure Trek
July 22nd 10 am at the Lander Museum, “Sind Canyon Hydro Electric Trek” Wind River Visitors Adventure Trek
July 22nd11-2:30 at the Dubois Museum, “Frontier Fest” presented by the Dubois Museum Association
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