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History & Horticulture

September 4th, 2021

10:30 am

Reservations required

In 1870, as part of his survey work for the United States Geologic Survey, photographer William Henry Jackson stopped by the booming gold towns of South Pass City & Atlantic City.  His notes describe the South Pass gold rush as “a great " stampede" or flocking together of all the wandering miners from over the whole country.”  These images have become famous. 

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On that same trip Jackson had the extraordinary opportunity to encounter Chief Washakie’s encampment just a few miles from South Pass City.  The field provided water, shelter & game.  The resulting images are some of the most arresting images Jackson took.

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Renowned ethno-botanist John Mionczynski will lead a group to the site & give a tour of the local flora & fauna.  Why did they stop there?  What plants were plentiful at the time & how were they used?  What does the site like now?  All these questions will be examined in this three hour tour.


  • September 4th , 2021

  • The tour is strictly limited to 20 people

  • Reservations are required

  • Meet at SPC at 10:30 am

  • We will guide you to the site

  • Bring hiking boots, water, lunch & your curiosity


This tour is sponsored by the Friends of South Pass

If you would like to support programs like this click here!

Or Call 307-332-3684 for reservations

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