Yearly Archives: 2012


Lander Trail/ New Fork River Historical Park Development on the New Fork Historical Park continued in 2012 thanks to many, many organizations, individuals and volunteers.Through a private donation by an Anonymous Donor, another 22 acres that was connected and parallel to the property, was acquired, making the area a full 104-acre park.

The Sublette County Road and Bridge, through the generosity of the SC Commissioners, donated time and equipment, relocated the main entrance, built a parking lot and the footprint of an ADA walking path, which will be completed this spring.The National Park Service continued site and interpretative signs planning, as well as a second field season of archaeology work by Cannon USU Archaeological Services. This was due in part by a generous grant from the Wyoming Cultural Trust Fund. Forty 40 volunteers, donating over 500 hours of service, completing many tasks during a week-long session in late September. Ena Olsen and family allowed the crews to cross her private ground and river to the east side of the old island where more surveys took place. Bill Wadsworth and Sam Drucker helped clear out several hazardous trees to develop trail pathways.


LaBarge Elementary School students learn about homesteading history-9/12/12

by Pinedale Online!
September 19, 2012

Sixty-three students, all of LaBarge Elementary School 1st through 5th graders, visited the Sommers Ranch Homestead on Wednesday, September 12th. The students got to help churn butter, ate home-made bread with homemade jam, collected and cleaned chicken eggs, helped spin on a spinning wheel, helped do hand laundry, pumped water from a water well, learned how to throw a cowboy rope, visited a nearby Native American archaeological site, and played on the homestead playground.

Volunteers helping out with living history demonstration stations were Jamie Brewer (home-made bread and churning butter), Jonita Sommers (explaining eggs and the kitchen and made gooseberry jelly), Caroline Brazzell (spinning), Dave Vlcek and Sam Drucker (archaeology), Clint Gilchrist (homestead history), Ty Hunt (roping), and Dawn Ballou (laundry).

The Sommers Ranch Homestead is a living history project being done jointly by the Sublette County Historical Society, the Green River Valley Museum, and siblings Jonita and Albert Sommers. It opened to the public in the summer of 2012 and had its Grand Opening on September 1st 2012. Buildings on the 1.5 acre site are still in the process of being restored and interpreted. The intent is to make it a hands-on learning experience about the early 1900s homestead era in the Upper Green River Valley. Much of the staffing and tour leading is being done by volunteers. Initial funding has been through the generous support of the Sommers family and through donations. The Wyoming State Historic Preservation Office helped fund the restoration of the garage and cellar this past year. Additional buildings still to be restored include the old bunk house, ice house, and a barn soon to be moved onto the property. Future projects include rebuilding the wind mill electricity generator, the water wheel in the ditch, replanting the garden, and making the old telephone system functional again. Interested volunteers always welcome. For more information, contact the Sublette County Historical Society at the Museum of the Mountain Man in Pinedale, 307-367-4101.

Photos by Clint Gilchrist, Pinedale Online!