Early Automobile Recreation in Fremont County
Outdoor adventures in Fremont County varied for many locals and visitors in the 1920’s when outdoor recreation took on a life of its own with the availability of touring cars, manufactured by Ford and General Motors, and the availability of roads to recreation destinations. These vehicles provided residents and visitors with a means of accessing a variety of areas to explore and view the beauty of Fremont County. While Yellowstone National Park was and still is a popular destination for many locals, and visitors passing through Fremont County, many found that just 50 miles from Riverton, in all directions, provided just as much recreation with the canyons, lakes, streams, mountains, historic spots, passes, and natural wonders.
One of the popular areas for outdoor enthusiasts to travel to was the Red Canyon, the Wind River Canyon and the Sinks Canyon. These canyons, each with their own unique physical features, drew travelers. With the reddish brown soil that presents a beautiful contrast to the green grasses and native floral species of Red Canyon, the twisting and winding road of the Wind River Canyon that travels along the Wind River, and the towering walls of Sinks Canyon, with its rapids and waterfalls, and the “Sinks” all called for people to view these natural wonders. Not only canyons but lakes and streams also encouraged fishermen to their location for further outdoor recreation. Bull Lake, Dinwoody Lake, and Brooks’ Lake were and still are some of the more popular and easiest accessible areas to play and fish.
The historic spots in Fremont County were not excluded in these outdoor destinations. Locals and tourists both visited the historic sites of South Pass and Atlantic City, the scenes of the first gold discovery in Wyoming. On the lower levels of Fremont County, Crowheart Butte, Lost Wells Butte, and Pilot Butte were other historic destinations. The Shoshone National Park was also a popular destination for day picnics and over-night camping. The 1920s was a time where people became more interested in their own “backyard” and had the opportunity to explore these areas of Fremont County as many of us do today.
Re-discover the Winds by visiting the Dubois Museum, the Pioneer Museum in Lander or the Riverton Museum. Log onto www.fremontcountymuseums.com for a complete schedule of events, latest newsletter and the latest Wind River Mountaineer.
Next up for the Fremont County Museums
June 17th at the Pioneer Museum, “Hailey Stage Stop/Beaver Creek” Wind River Visitors Council Adventure Trek
June 17th at the Riverton Museum, “Vignettes of Japanese Prisoners and Their Descendants in WY” by Aura Newlin: Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Northwest Community College Wyoming Community Bank Discovery Speakers Series
June 21st at the Dubois Museum, “How This Place is Home” by Barbara Bogart, Wyoming Community Bank Discovery Speakers Program
June 22nd at the Pioneer Museum, “How This Place is Home” by Barbara Bogart, Wyoming Community Bank Discovery Speakers Program
June 23rd at the Dubois Museum, “Beginning Birding” Wind River Visitors Council Adventure Trek
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