A series where we take a #lookback at the stories and history of our community, brought to you by Mick Pryor, Financial Advisor with Edward Jones.

The Town of Riverton celebrated her 50th anniversary in 1956 with a flourish. It had been a full 50 years after the opening of the Wind River Indian Reservation for settlement after the Chicago Northwestern Railway pushed tracks northwest from Casper to Lander. Riverton was one of the train stops that the Chicago Northwestern railroad anticipated being built. Riverton continued to have their anniversary celebration every ten years and their 50th year had cause for much celebration.

The 50th anniversary celebration was advertised well beyond Fremont County, and through the state of Wyoming. The information that has survived the years listed a partial schedule of events that ran for 4 days, ending on a Saturday evening. A parade re-enacting the land rush during Riverton’s early days, street dancing with Arapaho tribe members in full regalia, several street events that included show horse teams, shooting matches, fiddling contests; a founders banquet, a professional stage show dance, horse races, a second parade, and Uranium tours. The celebration ended the last part of their celebration with a public dance in the evening with Square, Round, Native American and ballroom dancing.

Parades have always been a big hit with the Riverton community, and to this day everyone enjoys a parade whether in celebration of Riverton’s birth or another significant event. Floats that hail back to some of Riverton’s earlier years are seen during the earlier parades in Riverton’s history. It was not unusual to see floats or push hand-carts that highlight businesses that had an impact on the town of Riverton and continued to progress over the years.

Next up for the Fremont County Museums

September 8th, 10am at the Pioneer Museum, “Hudson Coal Mine Trek”

Wind River Visitors Council Adventure Trek Series

September 8th, 2pm at the Riverton Museum, “Pioneer Games & Crafts”

Children’s Exploration Series

September 15th, 1pm at the Pioneer Museum, “Oregon Trail Crafts”

Children’s Exploration Series

September 22nd, 9am at the Riverton Museum, “J.B. Okie Manor Trek”

Wind River Visitors Council Adventure Trek Series

The Dubois Museum, the Pioneer Museum in Lander and the Riverton Museum work extremely hard to provide programs, care for the facilities, create exhibits and care for the thousands of artifacts and archival documents in the collections of the museums. In order to consistently accomplish these objectives the museums are more reliant than ever on donations from the private sector. Please make your tax deductible contribution to be used specifically for the benefit of the museum of your choosing by sending a check to Fremont County Museums 450 N 2nd Rm 320 or taking it directly to the museum you choose to support.