Thanks in part to a $5,000 grant awarded by the Wyoming Humanities Council, the Uintah County Library and Uintah County Heritage Museum is showing Wyoming’s Outlaw Trail traveling exhibit, a public display put together by Sweetwater County Historical Museum Exhibits Coordinator Dave Mead and author Mac Blewer. The exhibit features a selection of text and photos from the book of the same title by Blewer, an Images of America publication released by Arcadia Publishing in 2013. Although this exhibit focuses on the Wyoming section of the Outlaw Trail, several of the photographs will introduce you to many outlaws and early settlers of the Brown’s Park (Utah) area.
States Dr. Sharon Kahin, Executive Director of the Jackson Hole Historical Society and Museum, “Few figures in American history have been as romanticized as the outlaws of the Old West. This exhibit attempts to explore the folklore, history and geography behind the characters that rode Wyoming’s Outlaw Trail and puts them into context in their place in time and in the landscape of our imagination.”
The exhibit focuses on the Outlaw Trail, an historic and folkloric path that meandered from Canada to Mexico and was used by Butch Cassidy, the Sundance Kid, Kid Curry and other bandits. Highlighting the deeds of these same robbers as well as the lawmen and ordinary citizens who knew them, Wyoming’s Outlaw Trail displays historic and contemporary photos of “outlaw oases” along the trail such as the Red Desert and Hole in the Wall and some of the adjacent communities that sheltered numerous “bad men.” Says Kahin “Fabled buried treasure, bandit hideouts and scenes of reputed robberies the length and breadth of Wyoming, the age of the horseback outlaw is still alive….”
When: Friday, June 16th through Saturday, July 30, 2016.
Questions? Contact Michelle Fuller in the Uintah County Regional History Center, (435) 789-6275 or firstname.lastname@example.org or Lana Fullbright in the Uintah County Heritage Museum, (435) 789-7399 or email@example.com