Bighorn Canyon Movie Night The Canyon Before the Dam

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Date: January 15, 2010
Contact: Christy Fleming, 307-548-5406

In August of 1965, a diverse group of 29 men began what would be referred to as “The Last Trip”. Leaving a sand and rock covered beach south of the confluence of the Shoshone and Bighorn Rivers in five rubber boats, these men floated down the Bighorn River through Bighorn Canyon. They were historians, photographers, travel commissioners, mayors and government employees. They enjoyed scenery seldom seen before and some that would never be seen again. After the completion of the Yellowtail Dam, rising lake water would change the canyon forever. Wes Meeker was able to join this expedition as the cook. 

On January 28, 2010, starting at 7 PM at the Bighorn Canyon Visitor Center, Wes will share his story and film footage of that historic trip.   

A second film, taken by five adventurous men in August of 1949, will be shown afterwards. This is a silent film detailed with amazing history and wildlife footage. This film has footage of chain canyon, with a few links of chain still hanging from the canyon walls, bobcat hunting, fishing, and remains of a human with a flint lock rifle and grizzly skeleton near by. 

Come, step back into history and get a glimpse of Bighorn Canyon before the dam. 

If you have questions, you can contact Christy Fleming at 307-548-5406. 

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Last updated: February 24, 2015

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