“Company I and the Lobo Mess” Living History


August 11-12, 2018




August 11: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., and Candelight Tours 8 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.
August 12: 8:00 a.m. - mid-day


National Historic Trails Interpretive Center


1501 N Poplar St Casper, WY 82601


Shawn Wade


“Company I and the Lobo Mess” will re-create an 1850’s military and civilian encampment Saturday, August 11 through Sunday, August 12, at the National Historic Trails Interpretive Center.

Local military living historians will pair with Boy Scouts from Nebraska, and students from Rocky Mountain High School in Fort Collins, to present life on the Oregon Trail. According to the club’s instructor, Kurt Knierim, “The Lobo Mess” gives 15 to 20 presentations per year, and is excited to return to the NHTIC. “They are committed to the club, and are amazingly involved given how many other activities they are involved in,” Knierim said of his students. “This event was a hit last year, and the students that participated have really spoken highly of it.”

Westward migration had been in full swing for decades, and the frontier was as wild as ever. As the papers proclaimed “Go West, young man,” relationships between Native American tribes and pioneers were in near constant flux. Tensions were also strained between the settlers of the territorial lands.

A candlelight tour on Saturday, August 11, will reflect on a particular incident ladened with strife between settlers. Relive the tale of LaFayette Tate and his brother at LaBonte Creek, where the teens made the fateful decision to stab another man to death. Living historians will depict scenes about life along the Oregon Trail, culminating with a re-creation of the trial that convicted Tate to be hanged.

Visitors to the evening event are encouraged to be prepared to be outdoors and to dress accordingly. Tours are scheduled at 8 p.m., and 8:30 p.m. Reservations are required in advance.

Living historians will be on duty Saturday, August 11, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Sunday, August 12, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. These events are free and open to the public.

For more information and to register for the evening tour, contact Shawn Wade at (307) 261-7790.

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