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Ft. Caspar Museum hosts Lunch and Learn with Railroads and The West

The ceremony for the driving of the golden spike at Promontory Summit, Utah on May 10, 1869; completion of the First Transcontinental Railroad. At center left, Samuel S. Montague, Central Pacific Railroad, shakes hands with Grenville M. Dodge, Union Pacific Railroad (center right). (Public Domain Photo)

CASPER, Wyo. —  The Fort Caspar Museum Association has announced its winter Lunch and Learn program.  

The program will be held at Fort Caspar Museum from 12:00 to 2:00 pm on Saturday, January 25th and will feature local historian Con Trumbull who will present Rails Across the Prairie: The Role of Railroads in the Development of the West, 1860s to Present.

Trumbull serves as the Fort Caspar Museum Association’s Board President and is also a train fireman and engineer, as well as an Archivist at the Nevada Northern Railway Company in Ely, Nevada.  

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Museum officials say that Trumbull’s talk will focus on the role of railroads in developing the West from the 1860s through the present day and the resulting social impacts.

“With the completion of the transcontinental railroad in 1869, the West fundamentally changed. Vast oceans of prairie, largely unsettled, were now open for development,” The FCMA said in a statement Thursday, January 16. “Over the next fifty years, technological developments, railroad services, and increased trackage ingrained the railroad into nearly every facet of life. However, after World War II, the rise of the automobile and airplane led to the decline of the railroads.”

An optional lunch will be served at 12:00 pm, followed by the lecture at 1:00 pm.  Reservations are required for the lunch and must be made by January 23rd (call 307-235-8462).  

The cost for lunch is $5 for FCMA members and $8 for non-members; the lecture is free with paid lunch or free with paid Museum admission.  Lunch will feature a buffet of fried chicken, sides, rolls, desserts, and beverages.

Fort Caspar Museum’s hours during the winter months are 8:00 am to 5:00 pm Tuesdays thru Saturdays.  

Admission prices are $2 for adults; $1.50 for youth (ages 13-18 years) and seniors (ages 62 and over); and free for children (12 years and younger) and for FCMA members.