CASPER, Wyo — On Sunday, July 5th at 1:00 pm, the Fort Caspar Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (D.A.R.) and Mills town officials will hold a rededication ceremony to commemorate an Oregon Trail marker placed by the D.A.R. in Mills 100 years ago.
According to a release by Kristen Trumbull-Moldaschel of the Fort Caspar Chapter of the D.A.R., a stone monument was placed in Mills, Wyoming, on July 5, 1920, at a location marking the site along the Oregon Trail where Caspar Collins died in an Indian battle on July 25, 1865.
The stone monument is located across the street from the Mills post office in Memorial Park, at Wyoming Boulevard and 9th Street. The short ceremony will be followed by refreshments.
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Sponsored by the local chapter of the D.A.R., the marker was unveiled by Wyoming celebrity Dr. Grace Raymond Hebard in 1920. Hebard was a professor at the University of Wyoming and its first librarian. She was also an Oregon Trail enthusiast, a suffragist, and a D.A.R. member, according to Trumbull-Moldaschel.
Trumbull-Moldaschel added that the monument was moved at least twice before coming to Mills Memorial Park. Its initial placement was farther west along Yellowstone Highway in what is now the Lariat Mobile Home and RV Park. It was subsequently moved even farther west to the intersection of Yellowstone Highway and West Highway Street. In the 1980s, it was placed in its present location across from the Mills post office.
The ceremony this July 5th will occur 100 years to the day of the marker’s original dedication, and it will be performed by descendants of the D.A.R. State Regent who participated in the 1920 unveiling. Trumbull-Moldaschel spearheaded the D.A.R.’s 2020 rededication project and is the great-great-granddaughter of Mary Brooks, the D.A.R.’s State Regent for Wyoming in 1920. Brooks’s husband, Wyoming’s ex-governor B.B. Brooks, also spoke at the occasion.
Trumbull-Moldaschel’s mother Shelly McCleary Trumbull is Fort Caspar Chapter’s current Regent, and was instrumental in getting national and local regulations cleared to make this rededication possible, according to D.A.R.