(Lander, Wyo.) – “For the Love of Water: History of Our Use”, an exhibit on the history of water and how we use it, opens in February at the Lander Museum. A grand opening reception will take place February 16 from 4 to 6 pm at the Lander Museum. The exhibit features historic photos and artifacts that show how water was used from the late 1800s to present day in Fremont County.
The Wind River Valley has been home to people for thousands of years, in large part due to the availability of water. Native Americans lived along the many water courses. People need water, and it also attracts wildlife.
When the first white settlers arrived, towns were started along the Popo Agie Rivers and its tributaries, the Wind River and other water sources. As the population grew, irrigation ditches were dug, dams built, and pipelines and flumes created to move water for agriculture irrigation, lumber transport and drinking water.
The Sweetwater gold fields depended on water as hard rock mining took the place of panning for gold. Grain mills used water to turn grinding wheels, and many other industries needed water to work.
Water is more than essential for sustenance and commerce, it provides recreation too. Fishing, boating, ice skating, and swimming were all important to the early settlers in the area, and many early photos show how important water was for fun.
The exhibit will be at the Lander Museum from February 16 to April 6, 2019. It will then travel to the other county museums and cultural organizations around the county.
For more information call the Pioneer Museum at 307-332-3373 or on Facebook: #Pioneer Museum Lander Wyoming and #Lander Arts and Sciences.
For the Love of Water is an exhibit developed by the ATLAS Popo Agie Gold partnership. AT Lander Arts and Sciences (ATLAS) is group of arts and sciences organizations that connects the community through dynamic integration of art and science. Members include the Lander Art Center, City of Lander, Promoting Arts in Lander Schools (PALS), The Nature Conservancy, Wyoming Game and Fish Department, and Popo Agie Conservation District.