Last updated: 6/16/2016
Pine Bluffs, Wyoming
Street Address
201 West 3rd Street
Pine Bluffs, WY 82082
Mailing Address
PO Box 545
Pine Bluffs, WY 82082
Hours
Memorial Day through Labor Day, 11 am until 4 pm, Monday through Saturday.
Admissions
Free
Staff
Description

The Texas Trail Museum works to preserve the heritage of Eastern Laramie County, Wyoming for future generations through displays and education.

Mission

The museum's mission is to preserve and restore the heritage of the Frontier crossroads area (Eastern Laramie County, Wyoming) for future generations, through displays and education.

History

The Texas Trail Museum is housed in a building which was formerly the Power Plant/Fire House for the town of Pine Bluffs.

When first formed in 1986, needing a place to display artifacts, the Board negotiated with the Town of Pine Bluffs during the weeks leading up to the Town's centennial. On September 16, 1986, by Resolution 86-16, signed by Timothy T. Connor, Mayor and Dema Jo Gilbert, Clerk, the Town leased to the Texas Trail Museum: "... a non-profit organization in the state of Wyoming, a building known as the 'Old Power Plant,' situated on the northwest corner of Market Street and Third Street in the Town of Pine Bluffs, Wyoming for the sum of one dollar ($1.00) per year."

Artifact Collections

The museum is a 4-1/2 acre complex, which includes:

The museum complex displays artifacts of the 19th and 20th century, including a 1938 fire engine, twin diesel engines that provided electricity for Pine Bluffs from 1937–1960, a teepee of the type used by American Indians who inhabited the area around Pine Bluffs a century ago.

  • Main Exhibition Hall - includes Old West artifacts
  • Agriculture and Transportation Building
  • Saint Mary's Catholic Church
  • Muddy Creek School, the first one-room school house in southeastern Laramie County
  • Bowser Homestead Cottage, an example of how early homesteaders lived
  • Railroad displays, including a Union Pacific Railroad caboose, a switchman's shack and a telegraph shed
  • Brodine-Walker Boarding House, which had been run by local families who rented rooms to railroad crewmen between assignments and travelers
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