Journey Back and Take a Look at the History of the Railroad in Wyoming

Journey Back and Take a Look at the History of the Railroad in Wyoming

SWEETWATER COUNTY – Learn about the history of the railroad in Wyoming at an upcoming presentation at Rock Springs Library

Historian Greg Nickerson will present his program “Wyoming, the Railroad State” at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 12 at the library, 400 C Street, Rock Springs. This Wyoming Humanities Council event is free and open to the public.

The railroad is responsible for the Wyoming we know today. The construction of the Union Pacific in 1868 gave rise to the towns, the geography of settlement, the economy, and even the politics of Wyoming. When the Chicago Burlington and Quincy built across the northern part of the state in the 1890s, a similar transformation took place.

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Nickerson is a historian, writer and filmmaker from Big Horn. He writes for and for, and has produced history documentaries in Wyoming and Philadelphia. He has a master’s degree in history from the University of Wyoming.

“Wyoming, the Railroad State” is presented by the Wyoming Humanities Council as part of its Humanities Forum. The Wyoming Humanities Council provides public humanities-based programs in partnership with local organizations and is funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

This program is sponsored by the Sweetwater County Library System. For more information about library programs and services, drop by any Sweetwater County Library System location, visit the libraries online at or follow the libraries on Facebook at