Gillette townsfolk and Native Americans stand outside a doctors office located on Gillette Avenue during the early 1900s.
From left to right: Roy Donegon, James F. Cates, Dr. Harshman, unknown, unknown, Dr. Paul Newcomer holding a small child, unknown, unknown.
*Date and Photographer Unknown

Gillette townsfolk and Native Americans stand outside a doctors office located on Gillette Avenue during the early 1900s.

From left to right: Roy Donegon, James F. Cates, Dr. Harshman, unknown, unknown, Dr. Paul Newcomer holding a small child, unknown, unknown.

*Date and Photographer Unknown

Shields Wright (a.k.a. White Eagle) posed for a photograph.

*Date and Photographer Unknown.

Welshing on Wyoming’s Coal Industry

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American bison galloping. Photos by Eadweard Muybridge, first published in 1887 in Animal Locomotion.

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American bison galloping. Photos by Eadweard Muybridge, first published in 1887 in Animal Locomotion.

We’re 40!

This year marks the Rockpile Musuem’s 40th anniversary.  In celebration, Registrar Robert Henning curated our new exhibit focusing on the geographic ‘rockpile’ and the museum’s history. Photographs of Campbell County’s changing landscape, paintings, and objects from our collection as well as the Wyoming State Archives are now on display and can be viewed for the next three months.

In addition to this exhibit, the Rockpile will host an anniversary celebration on August 16 from 10:00 am - 2:00 pm.  The day’s events will include live music, black smithing demonstrations, living historians, dutch oven cooking, and more.  If you’re in Gillette, help us celebrate! 

Wyodak Pit and Power Plant - Aug. 13, 1928

Top: A steam shovel loading coal on to a conveyor

Bottom: Building that is most likely the original coal-fired steam power plant built on the Wyodak grounds.

*Photographer: Arthur Ammen Lease of Lead, South Dakota

Ladies of 4-H (and their bulls)!

Campbell County hosts its annual fair the first weekend in August and this year, as usual, the Cam-Plex barns were filled with craft and home projects, sheep, pigs, and rabbits to name only a few animals.  Above are photographs celebrating the ladies of Campbell County 4-H fairs and gatherings from days gone by.   


Clockwise from the top left:  Helen Parks and her 4-H bull (Aug. 1949), Mrs. Charles Cook telling a group of girls in Recluse what to look for in a good cake for 4-H Achievement Day (Aug. 1945), Shirley Ware and her purebred bull (Aug. 1944), Miss Mae Baird assisting a 4-H training and judging meeting in Rozet (Aug. 1945).


*All photographs taken by B.C. Kohrs

July 1901
A roundup camp established along Horse Creek on the Ricketts Ranch. Pictured are a group of men and one woman sitting around a chuckwagon. 
*Photographer Unknown

July 1901

A roundup camp established along Horse Creek on the Ricketts Ranch. Pictured are a group of men and one woman sitting around a chuckwagon. 

*Photographer Unknown

July 1971
FW ‘Dutch’ Geis and a group of kids ride in a mule drawn cart for downtown Gillette’s Crazy Days parade.  
*Photographer Unknown

July 1971

FW ‘Dutch’ Geis and a group of kids ride in a mule drawn cart for downtown Gillette’s Crazy Days parade.  

*Photographer Unknown

The Great American Cattle Drive - July 28, 1995

From the AP News Archive:

The 24 decked-out cowboys and 50 longhorn cattle were beginning the six-state Great American Cattle Drive - a throwback to the old days of “yahoos,” lassos and beans by the camp fire.

In 1995, The Great American Cattle Drive utilized historic cattle routes from Forth Worth, TX to Miles City, MT to herd almost 200 longhorn steers provided by the Texas Longhorn Breeders Association of America. In late July, the convoy of longhorns and trail bosses, traveling roughly 2 - 5 miles per hour, arrived in Gillette to be greeted by crowds of townspeople along Highway 59.    

*Photographer: Diane Hackett