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Ranger to reveal story behind newly discovered journal of Alfred J. Adams at Trails Center

Left: Alfred J. Adams. Right: Ranger Kylie McCormick (Photos courtesy National Historic Trails Interpretive Center)

CASPER, Wyo. — Park Ranger Kylie J. McCormick will be revealing the story behind the journal of Alfred J. Adams at 1 p.m. Saturday, September 4 at the National Historic Trails Interpretive Center in Casper.

The newly discovered journal is unpublished and McCormick will recount the journey that Adams recorded in the journal.

“Adams crossed the North Platte River using a toll bridge on July 2, 1859, carrying in his pack a small, leather-bound journal where he recorded his daily travels,” the Trails Center said. “One hundred and sixty-two years later, two sisters walked into the Trails Center following the entries from their great-great-grandfather’s journal.”

Trails Center Manager Dennis Kuhnel added: “The story of the resurfacing of Alfred J. Adams’s journal is a remarkable tale and a testament to the rich heritage of the National Historic Trails system in Wyoming. Don’t miss Ranger Kylie’s wonderful recounting of these events.” 

The event will mark the return of fall programming at the Trails Center.

“For more information about the fall programming at the Trails Center, please call 307-261-7700,” the Trails Center said.

The Trails Center is open seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free. It is located at 1501 North Poplar St. in Casper.

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