West Across the Skies – traveling exhibit
Written by broebling on June 6, 2017
Press Release – The Campbell County Rockpile Museum has opened a new exhibit in our temporary gallery: West Across the Skies: Air Transportation in Wyoming. The exhibit contains thirty-nine photographs and information panels representing the state’s aviation history, from barnstormers to commercial aviation. Part of the Wyoming State Museum’s traveling exhibit program, West Across the Skies will be on view through July 31st.
West Across the Skies explores Wyoming’s relationship with aviation in the 20th century. Wyoming served as a major transportation corridor for the transcontinental railroad which would later impact air travel as aviators utilized the “iron compass” to navigate the skies over Wyoming.
Wyoming was a preferred hub for mail transportation due to its elevation and the railroad tracks visible to pilots from the air. Later, passenger aviation moved into Wyoming, and during World War II, the Casper Army Air Base trained over 16,000 crew members for aerial combat in B-17s and B-24s.
Find out more about Gillette’s role in Wyoming’s aviation history and view artifacts from a local WWII aviator in this incredible traveling exhibit. For more information, call the Museum at (307) 682-5723 or visit rockpilemuseum.com.