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Mountain bikes, boats and fishing poles are really just toys for grown-ups; so go be a kid again. After all, we've got plenty of trails for getting mud on those tires, including those in Guernsey, Buffalo Bill and Curt Gowdy State Parks.

If making a splash is more your style, we've got space for water sports and fishing at our many reservoirs . Once you're done playing, soak those bones in the therapeutic mineral water at Hot Springs State Park. 

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Registration Now Open for Plein Air in the Parks


Plein Air in the Parks is a collaborative weekend event presented by Wyoming State Parks, the Wyoming Arts Council, and the Cody Country Art League. Taking place Aug. 27-30 at Buffalo Bill State Park, this painting and drawing competition pairs talented artists with beautiful locations, and offers cash prizes to top participants. 

Registration for youth and adult categories is now open and available online at https://2020pleinairintheparks.eventbrite.com. Early bird registration is available through Aug. 24 and is $35.00 for artists. Regular and walk up registration after Aug. 24 will be $50.00. A reduced rate for college students is available for $15.00 and a youth division rate for those under the age of 18 is available for $5.00. Artists will have the option of selling pieces produced during the event at the concluding reception and art show. 

Participating artists must first stamp their canvases at the Cody Country Art League (836 Sheridan Ave., Cody) or at the Sheep Mountain Area at Buffalo Bill State Park (4192 Northfork Hwy.). From there artists can look forward to a weekend of outdoor, on location, plein air painting in Buffalo Bill State Park. At least 75% of entered works must be produced outdoors and within the bounds of the park.

“Plein Air in the Parks is now in its third year and we are excited to once again be partnering with State Parks,” says Rachel Clifton, Assistant Director of the Wyoming Arts Council. “The Cody Country Art League has been a big support and we are looking forward to holding the event in a new location this year at Buffalo Bill State Park.”

The competition will be judged anonymously by a panel comprised of those with an arts background, representatives from the community, and individuals familiar with Buffalo Bill State Park. The Best in Show Cash Award will be $1,000, while 2nd and 3rd place prizes go for $500 and $250 respectively. The public is invited to attend a reception on Sunday, Aug. 30 and cast their vote for the People’s Choice Award, a $250 cash award, and to purchase artwork produced during the event. Youth categories will be judged separately and also include cash awards. 

For full rules and regulations, visit wyoarts.state.wy.us/wac-program/plein-air

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Wyoming State Park Camping Reservations At Capacity For 4th of July Weekend


Due to the continued high demand for outdoor recreation, persons looking to camp at a Wyoming State Park during the Fourth of July weekend should be aware campsite reservations throughout the state park system are sold out; however, we welcome the public to come out for the day, enjoy a picnic and recreate.

These state parks – Boysen, Buffalo Bill, Curt Gowdy, Glendo, Guernsey, Keyhole, Medicine Lodge, Seminoe and Sinks Canyon – currently have no campsites available for this holiday weekend. Hawk Springs remains first-come, first-serve and is at capacity also.

“With the 4th landing on a Saturday, we expected our camping system to be full,” Deputy Director Nick Neylon said. “The team has been working hard to get facilities ready for our visitors.”

Currently, Glendo and Guernsey both have campfire restrictions. Propane grills and stoves and charcoal grills can still be used to prepare popular camping dishes and provide adequate warmth. These grills must have covers/lids and be within an arm’s length when lit. A variety of other imaginative ideas can help preserve the camping experience such as solar lights in the firepit.

Recreationists are reminded that possession of fireworks is prohibited at all Wyoming State Parks. 

"Having full state parks is a great problem to have, however, it can come with challenges, especially during this pandemic," said Director Darin Westby, "We implore that you help us keep the parks open by recreating responsibly as requested in our rules and the guidelines and protocols issued by the State Health Officer and the CDC"

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New Historical Marker Recognizes African American Homesteaders

A new historical marker has been erected at the Dwyer Junction Rest Area on I-25 (near Wheatland) to commemorate a group of African American homesteaders who established a “colony” at Empire in Goshen County.

In 1908 Charles and Rosetta Speese founded the African American homesteader community of Empire when they moved to Goshen County’s Sheep Creek Valley, near the Nebraska border. Under the Enlarged Homestead Act, they claimed 320 acres of public land. Other African American families soon joined the Speeses and by 1911 the overall population reached as many as 60. By 1929, 10 Black homesteaders had received patents for 2,741 acres and many had purchased additional land.

Rev. Russel Taylor homesteaded in Empire with his wife Henrietta and their children in 1911. Russel Taylor quickly became Empire’s most distinguished citizen. He established and led the Empire school, obtained a post office for the community, and served as pastor for Grace Presbyterian Church.

Empire residents were victims of several racially-charged local disputes, including the murder of Russel’s brother, Baseman Taylor, while in the custody of the county sheriff. Their community broke into factions, and their farms produced meager crops in the dry, unforgiving climate. By 1920 Empire had largely emptied.

Empire remains a powerful reminder of the struggles and achievements of African Americans who migrated to the plains seeking land, education, and civil rights.

Empire-Sign-at-Dwyer-JunctionWyoming State Parks, Historic Sites, and Trails collaborated with the Center for Great Plains Studies at the University of Nebraska to research, design, and erect the marker. Funding for the marker came from the African American Cultural Heritage Action Fund of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.  

This marker has been enrolled in Wyoming State Parks’ Monument and Markers Program. For more information and to view an interactive map of Wyoming’s rich monuments and markers, please visit: https://wyoparks.wyo.gov/index.php/home-mm.

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