Ames Monument National Historic Landmark Dedication to be held July 8, 2017

Posted: Friday, June 30, 2017
Contact: Mary Hopkins
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Ames Monument was listed as a National Historic Landmark by Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell and National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis on November 3, 2016. The dedication ceremony, which is free and open to the public, will be held from 10:00-11:00 a.m. Saturday, July 8 at Ames Monument, located south of I-80 at exit #329.

Bobbie Barrasso will host the event as Master of Ceremonies with special guests Governor Matthew H. Mead, U.S. Senator John Barrasso and U.S. Representative Liz Cheney. Representatives from the National Park Service, Department of State Parks & Cultural Resources, Union Pacific and Ames family members will also be in attendance.

The University of Wyoming Amateur Radio Club plans on sending live telegraphs while the Department of State Parks and Cultural Resources takes pictures at a selfie station for guests to upload to social media. The two forms of communication demonstrate how instantaneous messages have transpired through the years.

Following the dedication, guests are invited to attend a reception at the Vista de la Luna Bed & Breakfast hosted by Paul and Lynn Montoya. A series of self-guided tours are available for those interested in exploring the history of railroads in Wyoming. They include a tour of the Union Pacific Steam Shop, where Big Boy #4014 is undergoing restoration, the Cheyenne Depot Museum, Laramie Plains Museum and the Laramie Historic Railroad Depot.

The National Historic Landmark nomination was sponsored by the Albany County Historic Preservation Board chaired by Amy Williamson with a Historic Preservation Grant through the Wyoming State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO). The nomination was prepared by Drs. Sarah Allaback, Ethan Carr, and James F. O’Gorman who are experts on the works of H.H. Richardson. Jerry Hansen and the board members of the Laramie Railroad Depot Association and Anna Lee Frohlich, an Ames family descendant, participated in the nomination process. The late Dr. Larry Ostresh, professor of Geography at the University of Wyoming, was instrumental in starting the nomination process of the monument. The Wyoming Division of State Parks, Historic Sites and Trails manage the monument and it is open for public visitation.


Attachment: Ames Monument, Courtesy of Richard Collier

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