One thing that is always fun when you are staying in a small city like Rawlins, WY is to take a walking through history Carbon County. Main Streets nation-wide have started a program of the National Trust for Historic Preservation that focus on revitalizing the downtown areas through murals created by local artist. The great thing about the restoration projects is that they are FREE self guided educational tours that focus on: Design, Organization, Promotion, and Economic Restoration.
We first saw these murals as we entered the city and wondered why there were so many beautiful murals till I asked some locals. We found a brochure and self guided tour of every mural in town. It was fun to learn the history of the county and a really fun way to see the town.
Desert Dust: These are six panels (we only capture four of our favorites) that depict a horse name Desert Dust. A famous horse from the area and show the dusty landscape and beautiful west. Munchy said this was her favorite mural because she LOVES horses.
Sheep Wagon and Flowers: This is a mural about Rawlins blacksmith James Caddish who credited with inventing the sheep wagon in 1884. The flower mural is not on the walking tour but we thought it was picture worthy and found yellow flowers and lady bugs right under the painting.
The Sticker Bus, Thomas Edison, and Historic Downtown: The Sticker bus had over 2,000+ stickers and sold them out of their bus, we just thought it was super cool. Thomas Edison mural depicts the moment when “the light came on” for Thomas Edison. He was visiting Carbon County in 1878, went fishing at Battle Lake and his attention was drawn to the fiber line which he later tested for the incandescent light bulb. Historic mural takes us back to Rawlins in the 1940’s.
Train Platform and Big Nose George: The Train Platform was fun place to make a personalized postcard. Big Nose George mural features different scenes from his life. He was the most notorious outlaw of Carbon County. Shoes were made from his skin that Dr. Osborne wore to his inauguration.
Aspen Alley, Cattle Kate, and Morman Trail: Aspen Alley represents the towering trees of Aspen in all four seasons. Cattle Kate is one of the saddest stories of Carbon County. She was lynched for allegedly steeling cattle because people wanted her land. Morman Trail was another sad story of families who were caught by a blizzard in 1856 died from starvation.
A great way to learn about history is to visit an antique store and find old items that the girls have never seen, or that the hubby and I have only seen in old movies.