Riverton, Wyoming: Wind River Heritage Center - Wax Museum

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Wind River Heritage Center

Address:
1075 S. Federal, Riverton, WY
Directions:
US Hwy 26, south end of town, across from the county fairgrounds. Displays in two attached buildings.
Hours:
M-Sa 10-4 (Call to verify)
Phone:
307-856-0706
Admission:
$5/person, $10/family, under 12 free.
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Wind River Heritage Center - Wax Museum.

Wind River Heritage Center - Wax Museum
Exhibits collection of trapper-taxidermist Jake Korell (died 2013), and wax figures depicting Wyoming history, including first woman hanged, autopsy of Big Nose George, Mormon handcart ordeal, Teddy Roosevelt, Thomas Edison. Roadsideamerica.com Report... [02/07/2016]

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Wind River Heritage Center - Wax Museum

Wind River Heritage Center is a kooky, fun mix of stuffed wild animals and wax figures from western history. Jake Korell, a real-time trapper and taxidermist, mounted most of the animals at the center -- and they are outstanding examples. The 45 wax museum figures portray famous events in western history - from Jim Bridger to Cattle Kate's hanging.

And most quirky? A wax figure of President Richard Nixon has been re-purposed into the corpse of Big Nose George, a true figure in Wyoming history who was skinned after being executed and his hide used to make a pair of shoes.

[Chris Peck, 07/23/2015]

We recognize the autopsy doctor from the closed wax museum in Thermopolis; this is where that collection ended up in 2010. The doctor depicted is John Osborne, who went on to become the third governor of Wyoming.

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