November 4, 2021
Campbell County Rockpile Museum
900 W. 2nd Street
Gillette, WY 82716
The Historic Bozeman Trail: A New Journey at the Rockpile Museum
Thursday, November 4, 2021
The Rockpile Museum is pleased to welcome Dave McKee to the museum on Thursday, November 4th at 6:30 p.m. for a presentation on the history and future of the Bozeman Trail. The Bozeman Trail was established in 1863 as a 535-mile “shortcut” from the Oregon Trail on the North Platte River in Wyoming to the gold fields near Virginia City, Montana Territory.
Dave McKee will review the history of the Bozeman Trail between 1863 and 1868, highlighting prominent participants such as John Bozeman, Colonel Henry Carrington, Red Cloud, High Backbone, American Horse, and Crazy Horse.
The Fort Phil Kearny/Bozeman Trail Association in partnership with Our Montana have begun a new journey to obtain formal listing of the Bozeman Trail as a National Historic Trail. Dave will provide an overview of the process and update on this project.
This event is FREE and open to the public. The presentation will also be livestreamed on the Rockpile Museum’s Facebook page and YouTube channel.
About Dave McKee:
Dave McKee is president of the Fort Phil Kearny/Bozeman Trial Association, a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation, development, education, and promotion of the Bozeman Trail and associated historic sites including Fort Phil Kearny, Fetterman Battlefield, and Wagon Box Battlefield National Historic Landmarks. He currently serves as co-chairman of the Bozeman National Historic Trail project.
Dave received a master’s degree in anthropology with an emphasis in plains archaeology from the University of Wyoming. He recently completed a 32-year career with the U.S. Forest Service as an archaeologist, tribal liaison, and recreation program manager, working on the Medicine Bow, Black Hills, and Bighorn National Forests. Dave served as the Bighorn National Forest liaison to the National Park Service and American Indian representatives in completion of the Medicine Wheel /Medicine Mountain National Historic Landmark Nomination in 2011 and remains active as a consulting party for this sacred landscape. Dave and his wife Susan live in Sheridan, Wyoming.