In 1878 English cattleman Moreton Frewen named the area on Powder River where he located his 76 Ranch headquarters “Sussex” after his home county in England. But decades before Frewen marked the beginning of the Cattle Boom in Wyoming, the Sussex area East of Kaycee was the stage where early explorers, travelers, trappers, the US military, and even missionaries played their part in Western expansion.
The fascinating and little known history of these people and events will shared by knowledgeable local historians as you travel by bus eastward from Kaycee through the Powder River Country. Tour will be held on Saturday, September 12, 2020 and the deadline to register is September 4th.
Some of the famous sites and events explored on this guided historical tour include:
- 1836 Portuguese Fort of Antonio Montero, trapper
- German Lutheran Mission Station where missionaries attempted to minister to natives
- The Bozeman Trail
- The Townsend Wagon Train Fight along the Bozeman Trail
- US Military Cantonment Reno and Fort Reno sites
- Cattle Baron Moreton Frewen’s “Castle” site at 76 Ranch Headquarters
- Notable Homestead Sites and Community Sites
Tour Cost is $80 per person, which includes lunch at Fort Reno, and begins in Kaycee at 9:00 AM. Registration is required in advance and space is limited on the bus, so sign up early.
To find out more about the tour or register, you may contact the museum at 307-738-2381 or register here: http://hoofprintsofthepast.org/product/forts-fights-and-frontier-sites-tour/