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SWEETWATER COUNTY HISTORICAL MUSEUM CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC; WILL REMAIN OPEN TO HANDLE RESEARCH REQUESTS AND OUTREACH PROGRAMS

 

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March 17, 2020

In accordance with the resolution approved by the Sweetwater County Commission, until further notice the Sweetwater County Historical Museum in Green River will be closed to the public in response to COVID-19.

Museum Director Brie Blasi said the museum is taking these measures to protect the well-being of museum staff and the public. “But in order to continue our service to the Sweetwater County community, we will still offer research services as usual via email and telephone,” she said, “and we are developing outreach programs related to Wyoming and Sweetwater County history for the homebound, especially homebound students.” You can find some of these outreach efforts as "Digital Outreach" under the "Learn" tab.

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NEW ARTICLE ABOUT RELIANCE AVAILABLE ONLINE

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Joe Overy, James Duncan and Peter Robertson at the Reliance mine entrance, 1913. Horses were still used at the time to pull the coal carts from the mine. Later they would be replaced by a trolley-like system of coal cars. Sweetwater County Historical Museum photo.

January 4, 2020

WyoHistory.org just published a new online article by staff member Dick Blust about Reliance, the last of the Sweetwater County coal camps.

From “Reliance - Last of the Sweetwater County Coal Camps”

“Consequently, the Union Pacific began constructing spur lines north from the main line to new or newly acquired mine sites. In 1906, a spur up Horsethief Canyon east of Rock Springs to the mines at Superior was completed, and in 1907, work began on a line to a site called Gunn, three miles north of the tracks on the western edge of the North Baxter Basin: The era of the Sweetwater County coal camps had begun.

“On March 20, 1910, miners began digging at a site seven miles north of Rock Springs. It was designated the Number One Mine, followed soon by numbers three and four, and the coal camp that sprang up near the mines was christened Reliance. Other camps followed over the years along the immense arc of the Rock Springs Coal Field, including Winton, Dines, Lionkol, East Plane and Stansbury.”

The complete article can be found at the WyoHistory website here.

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