Elk Mountain Centennial
August 3, 2009
One-hundred years of history was celebrated July 24-26 in Elk Mountain, Wyo. The residents planned and delivered a one-of-a-kind celebration. Visitors enjoyed a parade, living history exhibits, free meals, Overland Trail Walk/Run, Games, and a community Church Service.
Elk Mountain was decked out with red, white, and blue banners. Picturesque log cabins added nostalgia to the panorama. Everyone was buzzing with talk of old times and fond memories of the pioneers of the Medicine Bow River Valley. Frances E. Hanson, Wyoming writer, gave the Elk Mountain History Presentation on Friday evening. Mrs. Hanson’s book, “From Dirt Trails To Steel Rails,” will be available this fall.
The Living History Exhibit and Presentations began on Saturday after the parade and brought the past into the present. Friendly folks steeped in history offered visitors stories of outdoor adventures, ranching, logging, mining, railroading and keeping I-80 open during Wyoming’s famous snow storms. It appeared that many of the young people were just as proud as the old timers to call Elk Mountain Home.
Ken Kasner, current owner of the Elk Mountain Trading post offered me a chair to watch the parade and entertained my husband and I with explanations of parade entries. I met Vic Anderson who demonstrated Tie Hacking and who told me about the location of Glad Tie Hack Camp after seeing the old photo of John Wisburg.
Nancy Anderson was spinning wool most of Saturday. Calamity Jane snapped her whip during the parade and told her story at Centennial Park. Jake Webber showed me the elk horns and moose drop that could be used for artistic specialties. And I met Carolyn Johnson and Karin Guernsey who founded Elk Mountain Herbs and invited me to the ranch to view their Osha Root crop at their ranch next Saturday.
Elk Mountain deserves another visit.