This year we are heading south from Washington, Oregon and Montana through Wyoming to Colorado where we will visit family for nearly two months. After 4 nights in Billings, we spent two nights in Worland. There we found the Washakie Museum, just down the road from our RV park. We decided to check it out.
This mastodon statue is a landmark in town--our RV park said to go through town to the Mastodon then look for signs to the park--and it also marks the museum entrance.
This is the bird-like foot of the Deinonychus, a dinosaur that shows a link between birds and dinosaurs.
These are some of the bones of mastodons who were driven over a cliff to allow the natives to kill them for food, hides and bones, which they used as tools.
We didn't realize there are lots of petroglyphs in the basin. The display shown here in part, included lighted examples of the petroglyphs. We could touch a button next to a description (here a hunter with a shield) to see what it looked like. Very good idea.
Once settlers discovered that the basin was a good place to raise cows, they came in droves. This display says that in January 1878 there were no cattle in Big Horn Basin, but by the year's end there was one herd. Between 1879 and 1882 so many were brought that the number was too large to count.
Next came sheep and the predictable conflict between cattle barons and sheep herders. This is an example of a sheep herders wagon. That was interesting since we have seen numerous wagons from afar over the years.
We learned about raising sugar beets in Wyoming, with the Holly Sugar Company of Colorado getting the crop started here.
Since we are Colorado residents and lived most of our life in that state, it was good to learn more about our neighbor to the north. We often pass through here in our RV travels.