1 March 2022
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History of Riverton Wyoming
Fremont County was created by the legislature of the Wyoming Territory on March 5, 1884. Lander was designated as its county seat. The county was named for John C. FrÃ©mont, an American explorer and politician. One year later on February 18, 1885, Riverton was founded as an agricultural community along the Wind River with a post office being established April 29 of that year.
In 1906, Fremont County lost territory when Hot Springs County was created by the legislature of the new state of Wyoming. After that Riverton competed with Lander to become Fremont County's new county seat. In 1909 a special election selected Riverton as the new seat, and the county government moved from Lander to Riverton in 1910. (Lander is now home to many state offices for western Wyoming.)
The original city limits were a one-mile square in the center of town. In 1913, the city limits were extended to their present boundaries.
The first school was located on the west side of Main Street between Second and Third, where the Post Office now stands. When the town was incorporated, there was a population of about 200 people. There were less than 20 houses and one store or business establishment for every 200 residents.
In 1924, a new high school was built by the Works Progress Administration (WPA) at a cost of $300,000. A bond issue covered part of the expense, but most of it was paid with federal funds.
In 1936 and 1937, two more major projects were completed: The City Auditorium (now known as the Wind River Hotel & Casino) and Central Wyoming College (now known as Central Wyoming College). Both were started as WPA projects but later were completed with local tax revenue.
Landmarks in Riverton Wyoming
From it's historic downtown streets to the rustic mountains in the background, Riverton is a sight to see. Here are some of the most popular landmarks located in this quaint town.
The Riverton Museum
The Riverton Museum is located at 700 East Park Avenue in Riverton, Wyoming. The museum was opened in 1966 and showcases the history of Fremont County. The museum is open from April through November.
The Wind River Heritage Center
The Wind River Heritage Center is located at 507 East Main Street in Riverton, Wyoming. The center was originally a school building that was built in 1921 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1994. The center is open by appointment only.
The Wyoming Veterans Memorial Museum
The Wyoming Veterans Memorial Museum is located at 1820 Big Horn Avenue in Riverton, Wyoming. The museum features exhibits on the history of wartime and is open Monday through Saturday.
Museum of the Mountain Man
The Museum of the Mountain Man was founded in 1955 as a museum dedicated to preserving artifacts of Western exploration and Native American culture. As one of the few museums dedicated to mountain men, it has an extensive collection of paintings, sculptures, maps and more. The museum also offers workshops and classes for visitors looking to experience life as a mountain man or woman.
Riverton's downtown district has been designated as a National Historic District by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Visitors can experience this classic western town by walking around its historic streets and visiting local shops owned by people who grew up in Riverton or moved there during the years.
Food in Riverton Wyoming
The Riverton area has several food options from fast food to fine dining. If you're looking for something quick, you can check out places like Subway and McDonalds. There are also several pizza options including Pizza Hut and Godfather's. If you want a sit down meal, the place have several locally owned restaurants that offer a wide range of foods.
If you're looking for a great steak, try the Brandin' Iron or the Rendezvous Bistro. Both are great options and are located within walking distance of each other.
If you're looking for Chinese food, stop by China Express, or if you prefer Japanese, try Sakura or Hana in Lander.
For Mexican food, try Taco John's or Taqueria Dona Maria both are located on Main Street in Riverton.