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Riverton, Wyoming: Wax Jim Bridger: Wind River Heritage Center Team Field Report

Wind River Heritage Center

1075 S. Federal, Riverton, WY
US Hwy 26, south end of town, across from the county fairgrounds. Displays in two attached buildings.
M-Sa 10-4 (Call to verify) Local health policies may affect hours and access.
$5/person, $10/family, under 12 free.
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Wind River Heritage Center - Wax Museum.

Wax Jim Bridger: Wind River Heritage Center

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. Report... [02/07/2016]

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Wax Jim Bridger: Wind River Heritage Center

This place is a fantastic hidden gem. It doesn't look like much from the outside, but all the animal mounts and wax Wyoming history exhibits are well worth a stop!

[Jessica Stafford, 09/20/2023]

Autopsy scene.

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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