“Sunrise, Wyoming—Then & Now,”
an entertaining, educational program sponsored by the Cheyenne Genealogical & Historical Society will be presented on Tuesday
evening, May 13th at the Cheyenne Holiday Inn. Presenters
are Mary Humstone, University of Wyoming, and John
Voigt, Sunrise resident, who will reveal interesting facts
about the history of Sunrise, its ups and downs as a mining
community and its future.
In the 1870-80s the area around what would become
Sunrise, Wyo. (in Platte County), was an important area
for the mining of copper, and in 1890, iron mining began in
the area. In 1898 the Colorado Fuel and Iron Company began
leasing mining rights, later buying the entire Sunrise Mine.
By 1928 the mine employed 547 people and over its lifetime,
40 million tons of iron ore were produced. Decreasing ore
quality and decline in the domestic steel market caused the
town and mine to close in 1980.
Humstone, who teaches architectural history &
historic preservation and coordinates outreach activities for
the UW American Studies Program, will discuss the area’s history
and the effort it took to place the mining district & town on
the National Register of Historic Places. She is a consultant
and freelance writer in historic preservation and is a
founding board member of the Alliance for Historic Wyoming,
a statewide historic preservation organization of which she
serves as president.
Voigt, who considers himself an entertainer, will talk
about the mining history and the ghost town’s past, present
and future use. He was raised on his family’s homestead ranch
west of Chugwater. He has a bachelor’s degree in finance from
UW, has worked the family ranch, and owned and managed
commercial properties in Cheyenne and Laramie. He now adds
iron-mine owner to his accomplishments.
The event will begin at 5:30 p.m. in the Shoshone
Room of the Holiday Inn with check-in, a silent auction and
dinner as prelude to the program at 7 p.m. Registration for the
$16-dinner is necessary for this event by calling Robin at
630-2915; deadline for reservations with entree selection &
payment is Tuesday, May 6 at 4 p.m. Guests wishing to
attend the program-only for $5 may also pre-register.
This is the 2014 capstone program sponsored by the Cheyenne Genealogical and Historical Society whose mission is to stimulate and encourage family history research.
We are looking forward to seeing you there!