Wyoming’s Top Ten Artifacts announced
Jim Bridger's Rifle
Placed 2nd in the list of 2017 Top Ten Wyoming Artifacts. Photo courtesy Museum of the Mountain Man - Sublette County Historical Society.
Jim Bridger’s rifle at the Museum of the Mountain Man 2nd Place
by Wyoming State Historical Society
September 1, 2017
The Wyoming State Historical Society, a nonprofit membership driven organization, is proud to announce the winners of the state’s Top Ten Artifacts, chosen from more than 20 submissions, and voted on by more than 1700 individuals.
This is the Society’s third year hosting this project in partnership with the University of Wyoming Libraries. Society president, Tamsen Hert, said the project draws awareness to historic collections at museums and libraries across Wyoming.
Submissions included documents, books, fossils, clothing, artwork and much more, each one showcasing a unique corner of Wyoming history. A panel of judges narrowed the selection to fifteen and the public voted to narrow the nominees down to the Top Ten. Additional assistance came from Steve Boss and Mark Roller from the UW Libraries IT Department who handled the technology aspect and support in getting the material on the Internet.
The winning artifacts for 2017 are:
* FIRST PLACE– Case Farm Truck submitted by the Brinton Museum, Big Horn.
*2nd Place– Jim Bridger Rifle, submitted by the Museum of the Mountain Man, Pinedale.
*3rd Place-Tyrannosaurus Rex Skeleton, submitted by the Tate Geological Museum, Casper.
* 4th Place-Yellowstone Observation Wagon submitted by the Wyoming State Museum, Cheyenne.
*5th Place– Bighorn Sheep’s Skull submitted by the Dubois Museum, Dubois.
*6th Place-smith-Sherlock Cash Register submitted by South Pass City State Historic Site, South Pass.
*7th Place-Heart Mountain School Bell submitted by the Heart Mountain Relocation Center, Powell.
*8th Place-Jesse Cole Headstone, submitted by the Laramie Peak Museum, Wheatland.
* 9th Place– George Dunning Confession submitted by the Jim Gatchell Memorial Museum, Buffalo.
*10th Place—Weed’s Automatic Nightherder Gun submitted by the Carbon County Museum, Rawlins.
Certificates to each of the winning institutions will be presented at the Society’s 64th annual meeting in Cody the weekend of September 8th.