For the tour of Carbon, participants will meet at the CCHEC parking (1650 Harshman St.). Make sure your gas tank is full, you will follow staff members as a caravan to the tour location. Bring water and sunscreen. We will leave CCHEC at 9:15 am, returning by 1:15 pm. Please note that there will not be restroom facilities available at the tour site. This tour is free!
The town of Carbon was established by the Union Pacific Railroad in 1868 as a source of coal for the trains that passed by. The town grew and even prospered with nearly 1000 citizens by the mid 1890's. Larger deposits of coal were discovered near what is now Hanna, and the railroad moved its lines north. Carbon was officially decommissioned in 1902. Many of its wooden structures were moved to Hanna or Elmo but some very cool stone foundations still attest to the craftsmanship that went into the construction of the town.
The town Cemetery is a wonderful snapshot of families who populated Wyoming before we were Wyoming. Headstones attest to the amazing cultural and national diversity of Carbon's population, made up of the men and women who built the railroad. Robert Widdowfield, the first law officer killed in the line of duty in Carbon County, is buried there. (His partner, Tip Vincent, is buried under an identical headstone in the Rawlins cemetery.)
Nancy Anderson, A good friend of CCHEC, will lead the tours of Caron and the cemetery. Nancy has been the curator and caretaker of the cemetery for a very long time and was instrumental in building the Hanna Museum into one of the gems in our county. She has a wealth of knowledge about eh region, is a great public speaker,and is funny as she can be. This will be a highlight of your summer. Guaranteed!