Emilene Ostlind is a third generation Wyomingite from Big Horn. She holds a master’s degree in creative nonfiction writing and environment and natural resources from the University of Wyoming and enjoys writing about landscapes, resources and communities in the West. She is public relations coordinator at UW’s Environment and Natural Resources Program. Visit her website at emileneostlind.com.
The tradition of polo playing goes back well over 100 years in Big Horn, Wyo., South of Sheridan, which is actually in the drainage of Tongue River, not in the Powder River Basin just to the south. Summer-afternoon polo matches are free and open to the public – at the Big Horn Polo Club or adjacent Flying H Polo Club.
Click here for a virtual tour of the Powder River Basin’s Black Thunder Coal Mine, produced by Arch Coal Company, the mine’s owner. Visit the Coal Diver website pages on Black Thunder for the mine’s production records, safety records, news of lease sales, and more.
Fort Phil Kearny is located 20 miles south of Sheridan. From Interstate 90, take Exit 44 and follow signs. The fort is about two miles northwest of the exit.
Facilities include a visitor center, museum, gift shop, restrooms, drinking water and picnic areas, trails and viewing area. Tours are self-guided. Additional restrooms and a picnic area are located at the Wagon Box Fight site. The sites are handicapped accessible. Camping, artifact removal and metal detectors not allowed.
The Hoofprints of the Past Museum is located at 344 Nolan Ave., the main street in Kaycee offers exhibits on the ranching culture of Kaycee, Powder River and its tributaries, and the Hole-in-the-Wall country. As fundraisers, the museum offers tours every June to the Dull Knife battlefield and the Hole in the Wall. For more information, visit the website at or call (307) 738-2381. Kaycee also offers a Sheepherders Rodeo each July and Lions Club and Cowgirls rodeos frequently during the summer.
The Vore Buffalo Jump is located halfway between Sundance, Wyo., and Spearfish, S.D. From Sundance, head east on Interstate 90. Take Exit 199 and turn left. Travel under the interstate and turn right onto the next access road (old U.S. Highway 14); continue three miles to the site, located just south of the access road.
The site is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. from the second week in June through the second week in August. There is no admission fee, but donations are welcomed. Guides take visitors around the site. Those who visit during times when the University of Wyoming conducts field schools will be able to watch archaeological excavations in process. The site is not handicapped accessible. Artifacts must not be disturbed or removed from the area. Pit toilets are available nearby.
For more information contact the Vore Buffalo Jump Foundation at (307)283-1192, (307)766-2208 or (307)766-5136.
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