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   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!


Please contact us at cghswyoming@gmail.com if you have any questions.
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