Tracks Across Wyoming
The Tracks Across Wyoming exhibit explores the national importance of the migration, transportation and settlement corridors of southern Wyoming. Created in 2006, the 3-panel exhibit was placed in twenty museums, libraries, chambers of commerce, and visitor centers along the Tracks Across Wyoming corridor. Through photographs, maps, and text, the exhibit tells of the importance of the emigrant trails and the transcontinental railroad on the development of Wyoming and the United States. This exhibit was created by the University of Wyoming American Studies Program and Tracks Across Wyoming, with support from the Wyoming Humanities Council.
This collection contains a pdf of the 3-panel Tracks Across Wyoming exhibit. The exhibit provides an overview of the transcontinental routes that make southern Wyoming a nationally significant transportation corridor, from historic American Indian migration trails, to the overland emigrant trails of the 19th century, to the nation’s first transcontinental railroad, to the Lincoln Highway, to the current Interstate 80. Three panels explore the area’s major themes of changes in transportation technology, the role of the railroad, the development of communities and their economies within the transportation corridor, and the role of the natural environment in shaping the corridor. The exhibit is intended to create for travelers a humanities-based understanding of the corridor’s national significance and to encourage them to explore its wealth of historical and cultural resources.
The exhibit was originally placed in museums, libraries, chambers of commerce, and visitor centers along I-80 in southern Wyoming. This project was developed by the University of Wyoming American Studies Program and Tracks Across Wyoming, with support from the Wyoming Humanities Council and local venues in twenty southern Wyoming communities.