Lander Things to Do

  • Fremont County Courthouse
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    Lander Art Center

    by Basaic Written Mar 14, 2015

    The Lander Art Center specializes in regional and local artists but has exhibitions of other artists too. They also have classes on painting, glassblowing and a wide variety of art forms. Hours are 10 AM to 6 PM Tuesday through Thursday and 10 AM to 4 PM Friday and Saturday. Admission is free but donations help a lot. Prices for classes vary.

    There are also two historical museums on the 1400 block of Main Street. I missed these as my time in Lander was limited. I hope to see those next visit.

    Lander Art Center
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    Lander Chamber of Commerce

    by Basaic Written Mar 14, 2015

    A good first stop on your visit to Lander is the Lander Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Bureau where you can get the Lander Travel Guide and information about local accommodations and restaurants along with local attractions. The Chamber of Commerce is an attraction itself since it is located in the old railroad depot and there is memorabilia about the railroad inside and outside.

    Lander Chamber of Commerce Old Caboose
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    Veterans Memorial

    by Basaic Written Mar 11, 2015

    There is a nice veterans memorial on the courthouse grounds dedicated to the nation's veterans. I feel it is important to remember the sacrifices made by our veterans and their contributions to our freedom and our way of life.

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    Bucking Horse and Rider

    by Basaic Written Mar 11, 2015

    This famous statue is of Clayton Danks the model for the "Bucking Horse and Rider" which was used as the symbol for the state of Wyoming. Danks was buried here in Lander; not sure where the horse was buried.

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    Lander Historic District

    by Basaic Written Mar 11, 2015

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    Lander has a nice historic district with several buildings of historical and/or architectural interest. There is one district and two individual locations in Lander listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

    Grand Theater Lander Historic District Lander Historic District Lander Historic District
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    Lander and Fremont County

    by Basaic Written Mar 11, 2015

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    Lander is a small city of about 7700 (up 13% since 2000) located at the intersection of US Highway 287 and Wyoming Highway 789 in Fremont County in West Central Wyoming. Lander was established in the late 1800s and was named for soldier, transcontinental explorer and poet, General Frederick Lander. Lander was previously known as Pushroot, Fort Brown and Fort Auger but was incorporated as Lander in 1890. The first oil well in Wyoming was found southeast of town in 1884. The Chicago and North West Railroad chose Lander as its western terminus in 1906 with plans to continue on to Coos Bay, Oregon but no additional track was ever laid. The first ever paid rodeo occurred here. Lander is the county seat of Fremont County. Fremont County was established in 1884 and was named for John C. Fremont a general, explorer and politician.

    Fremont County Courthouse Fremont County Courthouse Lander City Hall Fremont County Library
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    Split Rock

    by toonsarah Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    For much of route 287 to the south east of Lander the scenery lacks the drama of the north west stretch, and in places is even a bit dull, but if you're heading this way you can find a great picnic spot at Split Rock, between Jeffrey City and Muddy Gap.

    Split Rock is a large pink butte which formed a prominent landmark for travellers on the Oregon Trail as it could be seen for a full day's journey from the east, and for two days behind as they continued westward. Split Rock was also a station on the famous Pony Express route.

    Nowadays it's a peaceful spot, with picnic tables tucked under the trees, well away from the highway. There are beautiful views, and when you've eated you can scramble about on the rock or read about the history of the area on the interpretive signs provided. There's plenty of space to park and rest rooms too.

    View from our picnic table, Split Rock

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    The Sinks And Rise in Sinks Canyon State Park

    by CThomasB Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The Popo Agie River running through Sinks Canyon has a very unique and interesting feature to it. It's called Sinks because the river mysteriously "sinks" into the back of a limestone cavern and disappears, then reappears a quarter mile away where it "rises" into a pool before continuing down the river.
    The Sinks is an awesome large cave with a big natural pillar inside. Depending on the water level (much higher in the spring) and how adventurous and good of a climber you are, you can go all the way into the back of the cavern.
    You can see The Rise from a platform above it. It's a big colorful space and pool of water filled with huge fish and birds flying around.

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    Sinks Canyon State Park

    by basstbn Updated Mar 4, 2009

    The Popo Agie (pronounced Po-Po' szha) River flows out of the Wind River mountains into Sinks Canyon, where it abruptly enters (or sinks into) a cavern (shown in photo). A quarter of a mile away, the waters re-emerge in an area appropriately known as The Rise. A most interesting and scenic park to visit if you are in the Lander, Wyoming, area.

    Photos copyright frank thompson. Do not copy, download, or reuse in any form (including blogs) without written consent of copyright holder.

    Exploring the cavern opening (sink) Driving through Sink Canyon toward Lander
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    Scenery around Lander

    by toonsarah Updated Oct 14, 2006

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    The scenery around Lander is quite varied and in places dramatic. If you drive north through the Wind River Reservation and beyond towards Dubois on route 287 you'll pass Crowheart Butte, a striking flat topped outcrop. There's a local legend that the Shoshone and Crow chiefs fought a battle on the top of the butte, which Chief Washakie of the Shoshone won - celebrating his victory by eating the Crow chief's heart!

    Further along the same route you come to these stunning red badlands. There's a good pullout (right side of the road if you're travelling away from Lander) and it would be hard not to get some good photos here.

    Route through the badlands
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  • sinks canyon state park...

    by john-coleman Written Feb 25, 2003

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    sinks canyon state park because of its magnificent scenic beauty and for its eautifl river which dissapears into the side of the mountain at the sinks canyon state park visitor center and reappears 1/2 mile down stream at 'the rise of the sinks' where you can go out on the over look terrace and watch the fish feed but 'no fishing' is allowed
    because i was raised in this area and love the people,the scenic beauty and its old west hospitality offered up by its local color and its one place where you can take a week long horse back fishing trip into wyomings beautiful back country and appreciate wyomings 'wild life'

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