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3rd Annual Quilt Exhibit

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Make sure to visit our 3rd Annual Quilt Show at the Sweetwater County Historical Museum. This annual partnership between the Sweetwater County Historical Museum and Sweetwater County Quilt Guild exhibits works from local quilters on a theme. This year's theme is PATRIOTISM/STARS AND STRIPES! The exhibit will be on display from February 1st until April 4th 2020. Make sure to check our Calendar of Events (under the "Explore" tab) for great events including a special seminar on preserving quilts and our monthly Family Fun Saturday.



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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December 13, 2019

The Sweetwater County Historical Museum team won 3rd place in this year’s Green River Chamber Christmas tree lighting event.

The event has been going on since 2002 as a fundraiser for the Green River Chamber. There were 52 trees entered this year along Uinta Drive, and the museum took 3rd place in the Business Division. The event was judged by a special volunteer committee.

You can see a picture of the team accepting the award on our Facebook page. For more pictures, and fascinating history, follow the museum on Facebook.