Sommers Homestead Open House this weekend

Joy Ufford photos

SUBLETTE COUNTY – There’s a big hoopla planned for Sunday, Sept. 5, at the Sommers Ranch Homestead Museum outside Pinedale on the Green River.

It’s the 11th annual Sommers Homestead Open House when neighbors, families, out-of-towners and the curious get together for the end-of-season community BBQ beef lunch beans, spuds – and homemade desserts.

The open house begins at 10 a.m. and lunch will be served around 11:30 a.m. while it lasts. People are welcome to wander through the restored ranch buildings, see new exhibits and perhaps pump some fresh well water.

It is also the traditional date to celebrate local cowboys’ inductions into the Wyoming Cowboy Hall of Fame at 1 p.m., with this year’s recognition listing 24 Sublette, Sweetwater, Teton and Lincoln counties’ honorees from 2018 through 2021.

Each family will be presented with a plaque and a special commemorative booklet.

Great thanks to Windy Noble for her efforts to recognize local historic cattlemen and women – Andy Nelson is taking her place on the Region 10 committee.

Here’s a list of the WCHF inductees – some whose families couldn’t attend earlier – to be honored at the Sept. 5 celebration and open house. It’s not a complete list except for 2020 and 2021 cowboys, also being honored in September at the upcoming statewide event.

  • 2018 – Ron Stoltenburg, Lincoln County.
  • 2019 – Bob Beard, Sublette County; Gene Pearson, Sublette County; Bill Carr, Lincoln County; Billy Sherman, Lincoln County; Wells Beck, Teton County; Dick Dickinson, Sweetwater; Jim Ramsey & Wanda Walker, Sweetwater.
  • 2020 – Kenneth “Buss” Fear, Sublette County; Jep Richie, Sublette County; Stan Murdock, Lincoln County; Stepp Family, Lincoln County; Lige Driskell & George Finch, Sweetwater; Francis Pearson, Sweetwater.
  • 2021 – Henry Hittle, Sublette County; Albert “Bud” Sommers, Sublette County; William “Bill” Budd, Sublette County; Price Family, Sublette County; Clure Smith, Sublette County; Henry Huff Williams, Sweetwater; Crystal Youngberg, Sweetwater, Glenn Taylor, Teton County; and Don Rogers Sr., Albany County.

The Sommers Ranch Homestead Open House continues until 3 p.m. The museum is operated by the Sublette County Historical Society and on the National Register of Historic Places.

To get there, drive 7 miles south on East Green River Road at the intersection with Highway 191 (by the turnoff to Trappers Point, also on the National Register).

Visit the Sommers Ranch Homestead and Wyoming Cowboy Hall of Fame Facebook pages, www.museumofthemountainman.com or www.wyomingcowboyhalloffame.org.

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