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Tour of Legend Rock State Petroglyph Site

Meeteetse Museums encourages everyone to join renowned archaeologist Dr. Larry Todd in June for a fun and educational tour to Legend Rock State Petroglyph Site, about 37 miles south of Meeteetse. Legend Rock is “one of the oldest and best examples of the Dinwoody rock art in the world” where the public can view nearly 300 individual petroglyphs created up to 10,000 years ago. The tour is led by Dr. Todd, who is Professor Emeritus at Colorado State University and a Research Fellow in Anthropology at the University of Texas, Austin. Participants meet at Meeteetse Museums by 8:30 a.m. to sign the event registration form. The tour begins on site at 10 a.m. Participants usually drive themselves to the tour site; however, car-pooling is encouraged. Legend Rock is easily accessed by cars, campers, motor homes, and vehicles pulling trailers. Participants are asked to bring their own lunches and drinks. There is no charge for this tour.

 

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Tour of the Double Dee Guest Ranch

In July, as part of “Cowboy Day in Meeteetse,” Meeteetse Museums hosts a free tour of the former Double Dee Guest Ranch. The ranch, located in the beautiful mountains of the Shoshone National Forest, was established by Carl Dunrud in 1931 and operated as a dude ranch through 1942. Many famous guests stayed there, including Amelia Earhart. The ranch has recently been the focus of a major rehabilitation effort led by the US Forest Service and HistoriCorps, an organization whose mission is to save historic places. The tour is led by Jim Dunrud, a son of Carl Dunrud. Jim offers up the real history of the ranch, tells about the famous guests, and describes what life was life on the ranch during its heyday. The tour leaves Meeteetse Museums at 9 a.m. and begins on site at 10:30. Four-wheel-drive vehicles are recommended. Car-pooling is encouraged. The museum will assist in arranging rides for those without four-wheel-drive. Participants are asked to bring a lunch, water, and to wear weather-appropriate clothing.

 

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Annual Tour of Kirwin

In middle August, Meeteetse Museums hosts a free annual tour of the ghost town of Kirwin. Hosted by Jim and Rich Dunrud, the tour leaves Meeteetse Museum at 8 a.m. and begins on site at 10:30. The tour offers an up-close and personal look at the abandoned mining town located in the high Absaroka Mountains. Tour participants will explore the storage/shop facilities, cabins, sheds, mining offices, various collapsed structures, assay office, and machinery remaining at the location. Participants may also take a short hike to view the beginning foundation of Amelia Earhart’s cabin, intended to be her summer home. Construction ended in 1937 when the famous aviatrix disappeared over the Pacific Ocean.

Although participants may drive their own vehicles, car-pooling is encouraged. High clearance four-wheel-drive vehicles are required. Tour members should bring chairs, weather-appropriate clothing, and a lunch. Pre-registration is NOT required. However, if you do not have a four-wheel-drive vehicle, the museum will help you find a ride with someone who does. Participants may join the tour group on site, but they must register with the tour once they arrive.

 

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