The Wyoming State Historical Society has announced the winners of the state’s 2017 Top Ten Artifacts, chosen from more than 20 submissions, and voted on by more than 1,700 individuals. This is the Society’s third year hosting this project in partnership with the University of Wyoming Libraries.
The project draws awareness to historic collections at museums and libraries across Wyoming. Submissions included documents, books, fossils, clothing, artwork and much more, each one showcasing a unique corner of Wyoming history. The winning artifacts for 2017 are:
- FIRST PLACE– Case Farm Truck submitted by the Brinton Museum, Big Horn.
- 2nd Place– Jim Bridger Rifle, submitted by the Museum of the Mountain Man, Pinedale.
- 3rd Place-Tyrannosaurus Rex Skeleton, submitted by the Tate Geological Museum, Casper.
- 4th Place-Yellowstone Observation Wagon submitted by the Wyoming State Museum, Cheyenne.
- 5th Place– Bighorn Sheep’s Skull submitted by the Dubois Museum, Dubois.
- 6th Place-smith-Sherlock Cash Register submitted by South Pass City State Historic Site, South Pass.
- 7th Place-Heart Mountain School Bell submitted by the Heart Mountain Relocation Center, Powell.
- 8th Place-Jesse Cole Headstone, submitted by the Laramie Peak Museum, Wheatland.
- 9th Place– George Dunning Confession submitted by the Jim Gatchell Memorial Museum, Buffalo.
- 10th Place—Weed’s Automatic Nightherder Gun submitted by the Carbon County Museum, Rawlins.
Additional assistance came from Steve Boss and Mark Roller from the UW Libraries IT Department who handled the technology aspect and support in getting the material on the Internet.