The Homesteader Museum in Powell, Wyoming

Welcome to the Homesteader Museum!

Homesteader Museum | 324 E. First Street / PO Box 54 | Powell, Wyoming 82435 |  (307) 754.9481

We are located in Powell, Wyoming, in the heart of the Big Horn Basin. Powell was named after John Wesley Powell, the United States Explorer and Engineer who master-minded the Rocky Mountain dam system. The town became the center of the Bureau of Reclamation's 1904 historic Shoshone Irrigation Project, which was one of the first federally funded irrigation and homesteading projects in the Rocky Mountain West. The last homestead drawings began after WWII when the Japanese American Heart Mountain Relocation Center closed in 1946. Land was available until 1950, making the Shoshone Project one of the longest homesteading projects in history.

The Homesteader Museum celebrates this rich 50 year history through thousands of artifacts, historic buildings and photographs depicting the domestic, entrepreneurial and rugged homesteading life of the early Big Horn Basin pioneer.

Historic Log Building

The beautiful museum log building has a lively history. Built with logs from near the east entrance of Yellowstone for the American Legion in 1933, the grand space was used as a banquet and community dance hall, roller rink and teen center. During WWII it briefly housed German Prisoners of War. The museum moved into the building in 1972. Original Art Deco chandeliers still hang from the beams and you will find a homesteader kitchen where roller skates were rented!

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