Fremont County Museum System

If These Walls Could Talk

These little log cabins may not look too special to the uneducated eye, but they certainly are. So many questions would be answered if only they were still around and could tell their story. The saying …”if only the walls could talk” holds true for this photo.

              Here is what we do know… The cabins sit at the present location of Wind River Meat and Gannett Realty just west of Horse Creek and northeast of Welty’s General Store in downtown Dubois. The top sign on the cabin in the center says, “Dubois Saloon” with some initials and prop’s, possibly indicating that a couple people were proprietors for the Saloon. The lower sign reads, Rhodes, Albert or perhaps Olbert Taxidermists. Taxidermists indicates that there was more than one and the names could be the last names of the taxidermists. The picture still has lots of interesting items to offer. To the left is an open sided shed with wagon wheels and parts, and a flatbed type wooden wagon. The corrals appear be newer with lots of horses in them. In the background on the right is the Nicol Hotel.

So the question that immediately comes to mind is how old is the photo. As museum professionals, this is something we face everyday. The Nichol Hotel was washed away with the flood of 1919 that killed “Doc” Welty and others. The space in front of the wagon and wagon parts is where Wind River Meat is located, originally built in 1902 by Bert Caldwell and Kay Clark as the Dubois Club Bar. It was operated as such until 1909. The Dubois Museum has another photo from 1901 that shows Welty’s General Store, these cabins, and the Nicol Hotel. This photo is from sometime before 1901!

If these walls could talk it would help us to understand the beginning history of the town of Dubois. The Dubois Museum would be interested in any information that might help answer the questions this photo presents.  


Next up for the Fremont County Museums

March 3, 6:30-8:00pm at the Pioneer Museum, “Cowboy Poetry with Rodger Weitzel”     

                             Wyoming Community Bank Discovery Speakers Series

March 10th, 2pm at the Riverton Museum, “Rock Art” 

                             McDonald’s Children’s Exploration Series

March 17th, 3pm at the Riverton Museum, “Russell Hawley: The Feathered Dinosaurs”

                            Wyoming Community Bank Discovery Speakers Series

April 14th, 2pm at the Riverton Museum, “Rabbit Hide Painting”

                            McDonald’s Children’s Exploration Series

The Dubois Museum, the Pioneer Museum in Lander and the Riverton Museum need your financial support. In the current economic environment the museums are more reliant than ever on donations from the private sector to continue to provide the quality programs, collections management, exhibits and services that have become their hallmark over the last three and half years. Please make your tax deductible contribution to be used specifically for the benefit of the museum of your choosing by sending a check to Fremont County Museums 450 N 2nd Rm 320 or taking it directly to the museum you choose to support.