Discover Dubois Frontier History

The earliest residents, Native Americans, first used this area as a major crossroads on their annual migration and trading routes. Next came the trappers and mountain men, followed by homesteaders and lumbermen who helped to build the railroads that bound our nation together a century ago.

Come listen to our local historians as they illustrate this rich history with images and demonstrations!

Thursday, August 17, 2 PM:  Prisoners with Axes? (Cheryl O’Brien, Dennison Lodge)

During World War II, German prisoners of war lived in our mountains and helped to cut ties for the railways. Learn about the Camp Dubois WW II German POW camp and the men who worked there. Discover what POW camp life was like in this isolated timber camp. Then test your WW II POW camp knowledge during the audience participation game!

Friday, August 18, 2 PM:
  How to Be a Mountain Man (Steve Banks, Dubois Museum Grounds)

Banks2The first Europeans to explore the Upper Wind River Valley were hardy souls who had to be prepared to live alone in this rugged environment without starving, freezing, getting lost, or running afoul of the local native tribes.

How did they prepare for this experience? Historian Steve Banks, who has personally hiked most of the trails of the first non-Natives to explore this area, will show you what they wore and what they used to protect and nourish themselves.

Saturday, August 19, 2 PM:  Shoshone Bow & Arrow Technology (Tom Lucas, Dubois Museum Grounds)

HuntingBow_editedArtist-historian Tom Lucas has spent a lifetime studying the crafts of the Shoshone Indians who hunted in our area long before the Europeans arrived. He is a master at creating flint arrowheads, and made a ground-breaking personal study of the complicated process of making a bow from the tough horns of bighorn sheep. Watch and learn as he demonstrates and describes the process.

Sunday, August 20, 1 PM:  The Founding of Little Scotland (John Finley, Dennison Lodge)

Finley_croppedSome of the first European settlers in our area were the families from Scotland who migrated all the way to a valley east of Dubois to raise sheep, cattle, and horses. Artist John Finley has painstakingly preserved his family ranch, and also the uniquely candid photographs that an ancestor took as the region was being settled. The images give a clear picture of what it was like to live in these mountains at the turn of the last century.