Grand Encampment Museum

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807 Barnett Avenue, Encampment, WY, USA
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Grand Encampment Museum Reviews

BASAIC BASAIC
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Great Historical Museum Sep 01, 2015
The Grand Encampment Museum tells the story of the copper mining in the area, the miners, pioneers, outlaws, and Indians that inhabited the area, and much more. It was voted the top museum in the state in 2011. The museum has a number of interesting exhibits indoors depicting all aspects of the area history and the people who made that history. They have a nice antique gun collection, a sample hunting camp, rooms from a pioneer home, old clothes and photographs and a lot more. There is also a very nice collection of buildings on the museum grounds relocated here from various parts of the county; but many from here in Encampment. Highlights included:

Part of the 16 mile long steam powered tramway that carried ore from the mines in the mountains to the smelters for processing.

The Parkison House a fine example of a prairie home built for a well to do family prominent in local history.

The Peryam House which was built in 1886 by Guy Nichols and his nephew Ezra. It was then sold to the Peryam Family who moved the home to Riverside. This is a rather large log cabin, much larger than average.

The Wolford Schoolhouse which was built in 1895 by William H. Wolford. The school was on his ranch and was built just for his 10 kids, 9 sons and a daughter (the tenth child). The school was moved to the museum in 1986.

The Palace Bakery and Ice Cream Parlor which was built around 1900. The bakery was operated by Mr. and Mrs. Hoffmann in downtown Encampment. Upstairs was the Royal Neighbors of America Lodge.

The Kuntzman Building was also completed in 1900 and was an insurance office. It serves as the saloon for the museum because none of the other buildings were tall enough to fit the large backbar into.

The Lake Creek Stage Station was built in the 1870s by William Brause on Lake Creek just north of the town of Saratoga. It served many years as a station for the stagecoach and was bought in 1902 to serve as a ranch.

The Weber Springs Firs Station was built in 1940 for use by personnel assigned to the forest service. They kept an eye of the growth of the forest and watched out for fires. The station usually had a component of two men for two weeks at a time.

They also have a “Tie Hack” cabin which was used by a two man team who spent the winter cutting logs. When spring came they would haul the logs to the river and ride them to Fort Steele where they were loaded onto trains.

One of the most interesting buildings to me was the two story outhouse. When I saw that it raised a number of questions. After doing a bit of research I learned that at the beginning of winter they would lift the lids on the bottom floor and when the snows came they would use the facilities on the top floor. Then is springtime they would reopen the bottom floor, lock the top floor to avoid “accidents” and they had quite a chore cleaning it all out.

Hours are 9 AM to 5 PM Tuesday through Saturday and 12 PM to 4 PM on Sunday from about Memorial Day through mid-October. May be closed due to the weather though so if it is in the early spring or later fall call to ensure they are open.

Admission is FREE but donations are very welcome and help maintain the museum.
Grand Encampment Museum
Antique Gun Collection
Camp Display
Pioneer Life Display
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