Located in the old railroad depot, the Medicine Bow Museum tells the stories of dinosaur discoveries, Native Americans, ranching, homesteading, the arrival of the Union Pacific Railroad, the US Mail route, the Lincoln Highway, and the ever famous tale of The Virginian by Owen Wister.
The Owen Wister cabin and monument, a sheep hearder's wagon and an original Union Pacific caboose are also featured as part of the fascinating history of Medicine Bow.
Check out this video and follow the Union Pacific Railroad as is travels from Laramie, through Medicine Bow, and on to Hanna and Rawlins.
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I could have spent the whole day in there.
"Doesn’t look like much on the outside, but packed floor to ceiling with treasures and big items along the outside fences too!! I could have spent the whole day in there. Cute tiny gift area too!"
This is a small and worthwhile museum.
"You will be greeted by volunteer ranchers and locals. There are old west relics. It is intimate. They have some old west books for sale. They also have some things for sale for kids like: dinosaur toys, coloring books. Prices are very reasonable."
See Where Owen Wister Lived
"It is comprised of a group of buildings and displays including the old railroad depot and the Owen Wister cabin. It’s an interesting little museum telling the history of the area. There’s even a small exhibit of The Virginian TV show."
"For a small town of approximately 300 people this is an excellent museum. It is neat, clean and well put together.The staff person was pleasant and informative.It is an easy on off from I 80."
Traces of The Virginian
"Medicine Bow’s greatest pride and glory is that Owen Wister, the author of The Virginian, lived here for a couple of years, then went “back East” and wrote the book. The book was the base for the TV series which ran for nine years, only Bonanza and Gunsmoke did better in those times."
Worth the stop
"Very clean & well-organized exhibits. A little sparse with Native American history. Some products for purchase including The Virginian novel. The curator is constantly working on improvements, with the most recent acquisition being the Como Bluffs Dinosaur Bone Cabin. Leave a little cash in the donation box so they can continue to improve.!"