Canal celebration, heavy travel, ranch rec & digger's lunch


100 years ago

March 25, 1915

Low Railroad Rates and Privileges of Routing Never Before Possible Are Included in the Many Inducements to Visit America’s Great Panama Canal Celebration. $50,000,000 Invested: 80,000 Exhibitors Represented.

It is estimated by the traffic experts of the great transcontinental railways that the travel movement westward during the present year, with the great world’s Exposition at San Francisco as the goal, will be the greatest in all of history. There are but few persons anywhere who have not felt the longing to visit California some time, and with the attraction of the world’s greatest and possibly its last universal Exposition to draw them westward those who go traveling in 1915 will “see America first,” with San Francisco as an objective.

Some indication of the interest taken in the Panama-Pacific International Exposition is found in the pre-Exposition attendance, the greatest in the entire history of exposition, amounting to an average of 10,000 persons a day. These visitors carries away with them to all parts of the country and of the world accounts of the beauties and marvels that they have seen, and a result the remark has become common throughout the United States and abroad, “It’s not a case of ‘Can I afford to visit the exposition?’ but ‘Can I afford to MISS it?’”

The Panama- Pacific International Exposition has more foreign national pavilions than any exposition ever held—this in spit of the European war

No exposition ever was situated as this one is where such a large number of the scenic wonders of the world can be visited at not increase of cost while en route, going and coming, and it is the only great International Exposition to be ready on time! The rates agreed upon by the great transportation companies, of approximately one-half fare for the round trip,with a ninety day limit, have never been equaled.

Certainly not in this generation, and probably not for generations to come, will such an opportunity be offered to combine in one trip visits to the scenic wonder spots of the continent, with the education and entertainment to be had in the dazzling wonderland that’s has risen on the shore of the Pacific.

75 Years ago

March 28, 1940

All agencies Predict Heavy Travel in 1940

Because of cessation of European travel from this country, many thousands of Americans who commonly spend much of their leisure time in European countries will be visiting various parts of their own country this year. With this thought in mind, tourist agencies throughout the nation are anticipating a very great increase in the number of visitors to all attractive parts of the west this season.

According to George Houser, manager of the State Department of Commerce and Industry, Wyoming’s mountain areas and pleasure resorts can expect an unusual number of visitors from eastern states the coming season, and he advises that all Wyoming communities do all possible promotional work to attract these travelers. Travel today is a big business, there is much competition, and the communities that which do the most effective promotional work will necessarily benefit from the to the greatest extent. Attractive printed matter describing fishing areas, forest playgrounds, etc., and attractive road signs directing traffic to these areas, will do much to bring extra money into the coffers of Wyoming communities which might otherwise be overlooked by pleasure-seekers and other vacationists.

50 years ago

March 25, 1965

Ranchers Form

Recreation Corporation

Last week a group of Carbon county ranchers and livestock operators met to form a recreation development corporation. By agreement, the landowners have leased the recreation and trespass right to the new corporation called Elk Mountain Safari, Inc., which will in turn manage and make extensive plans for present and future development.

Landowners participating in the program of recreational development are Peterson Livestock and Leo sheep Co. of Rawlins, Palm Livestock of Hanna and Elk Mountain, Robt. Johnson and Sons of Elk Mountain, and Ravenscroft Cattle Co. of Saratoga.

Purpose of the organization is to provide recreational opportunities on privately owned lands for the general public and in particular for those interested in outdoor sports activities. The group concluded that this would be the most logical method by which it could meet the ever increasing demand for outdoor recreation.

Roy Rasmussen, life-long resident of Carbon county,has been hired as manager of the corporation. Mr. Rasmussen said, “This can be a milestone in landowner-sportsman relationship. We hope that with cooperation it will it will begin a trend away form the No Hunting, No Fishing, and No Trespassing signs and a trend toward improved and more workable recreational opportunities of all kinds.”

Ranchers in the corporation have indicated that through cooperation and proper management wild game and domestic livestock can be compatible and not competitive. Mr. Rasmussen further pointer out that “Just as the rancher has always and will continue to improve his livestock operation, through this new organization, he will continue to improve hunting, fishing and other recreation connected with his land, protect land deterioration and preserve the natural beauty of the land.”

The manager of the corporation said he felt that through cooperation with the Wyoming Game and Fish Commission and Department, the State Land Commission, the Bureau of Land Management and the Forest Service, much can be done to sustain an already important livestock industry in the county, and to promote the new and fats growing demand for recreation.

Present plans of the Elk Maintain Safari, Inc., include stocking existing fresh water private reservoirs, provide access to and improve stream fishing on private lands, and establish camping areas. As improvements are made, it is anticipated that’s a fee will be charged for the use of such areas. Services such as guiding, pack trips, boating and camping sites will be offered for the out-of-state sportsman. Special trespass permits allowing local residents access to the general areas will be issued. This permit card-type-program has become popular in the Medicine Bow area since it gives the local sportsman recreational opportunities and yet makes it possible for the landowner to know who the visitors are.

The landowners have reserved the right to restrict access for short periods of time while calving, lambing or shipping when large numbers of livestock are concentrated in a relative small area.

Officers of the corporation are Elmer Peterson, president; Francis Ravenscroft, Gerald Palm, Robert Jonson and Charles Vivion, vice presidents, and Mr. Rasmussen, secretary-treasurer and manager.

25 years ago

March 28, 1990

Dirt Diggers Garden Club holds International luncheon

The Dirt Diggers Garden Club held an International Luncheon for its March meeting. The event was held at the IOOF Hall in Encampment with a the of the “Wyoming Centennial.”

An improvised covered chuckwagon was part of the decoration with the lunch of stew, biscuits, cornbread and apple pie served from it. Kerosene lamps were used as centerpieces with colorful mold napkins used as placemats.

Members and guests dressed in pioneer with entertainment including a discussion about pioneer clothing by Lynn Finney. Joyce Jeffrey sang the Wyoming Centennial song and Judy Saulcy gave and reading after which those present sang old songs, accompanied by Anita Morris on the piano.

The members at each table also wrote and sand an original song to the tune of “Home on the Range.” Hostesses for the event were Betty Merrill, Charlotte Kraft and Anita Morris.


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