Tyler Johnson, [email protected] [PRESS RELEASE]
ROCK SPRINGS, WYOMING (May 3, 2021) – The Rock Springs Historical Museum is pleased to announce it will be offering two chances for people to take a special Walking Tour of the Rock Springs Cemetery focusing on our Veterans. Tours are scheduled for Friday, May 14, starting at 4 pm, and Sunday, May 16, starting at 2:30 pm. The tours will cover the same individuals and historical information and are being offered at different times to accommodate as many people as possible. The tour will begin at the directory located at the center of the cemetery, is free of charge and will last at least an hour, weather permitting.
Rock Springs native and local historian Corina K. Lee will be giving the guided tours. Lee is an avid local historian who has invested years researching her own family’s contributions to the history of Rock Springs. Lee initially began walking the cemetery to document her own family’s plots and headstones. She quickly became interested in other headstones and local families and put together a first cemetery walking tour for friends, family and those interested in local history. The tours were a huge hit and have grown each year. Each of Lee’s tours differs slightly based on new research, time restraints, and questions from tour participants. For the Veterans Tours she has put together a completely new walk that focuses solely on those who served in the Military.
“I can’t say enough about how fantastic Cori’s tours are, I encourage everyone who is even a little bit interested to make time to take one.” said Jennifer Messer, Rock Springs Historical Museum Coordinator. “Cori’s tours are always incredibly respectful to the individuals and families she talks about. She does a huge amount of research, and is very warm and entertaining, it is clear she loved the history and the people she presents. I always leave a tour having learned something new about Rock Springs and Sweetwater County.”
The Rock Springs Cemetery is more than 100 years old and has been an important city function since the city was founded in 1889. The people of Rock Springs believed it was central to our town and in 1924 volunteers worked for months moving all the unregistered graves around the community into the cemetery. In the 1980’s the cemetery was completely surveyed and re-landscaped and the city began ongoing maintenance, and improvement.
Interested parties should note that as this is a walking tour there will be a good deal of walking over elevation changes and periods of standing. Please wear appropriate shoes and clothing for the weather, as the ground can be both wet and uneven. Masks and social distancing are suggested. Additionally, we would appreciate guests leaving pets at home, the cemetery does not allow them on the grounds.
Located in the historic City Hall building at 201 B Street in downtown Rock Springs, the Rock Springs Historical Museum is open Monday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and is closed Sundays and major holidays. Find out more about the museum by calling 307-362-3138, visiting the city webpage at www.rwy.net or check them out on facebook.com/rsmuseum. The Museum staff invites residents and visitors alike to stop by and satisfy their love of history any time they are in downtown Rock Springs.