Tracks Across Wyoming (Tracks) was a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization that has promoted historic preservation and cultural tourism along the historic transportation corridor of southern Wyoming for more than two decades. With its mission so closely aligned to that of the Alliance for Historic Wyoming (AHW), it made sense for the two organizations to merge.
Tracks Across Wyoming was founded after the brief revival of Amtrak service in Wyoming in 1994. Charter members came from the six counties in southern Wyoming -- Laramie, Albany, Carbon, Sweetwater, Uinta and Lincoln. They were an eclectic bunch - railroad buffs and business owners, museum workers and historic site personnel, historic preservationists and tourism officials.
To help visitors find the historical treasures of the corridor, Tracks published a map and brochure identifying the various trails and routes in the corridor and listing a wide range of historical and cultural attractions. Its website lists festivals and events throughout the corridor.
"It seems perfectly natural to expand the concept of 'Tracks Across Wyoming' to the rest of the state," says Tracks board member Barbara Bogart, who is also a new board member of the Alliance for Historic Wyoming, "since virtually every corner of the state encompasses historic trails, rail lines, and highways." The AHW board sees the Tracks mission of preserving and interpreting historic trails as a perfect fit with its landscape initiative.
While the Alliance for Historic Wyoming name will be kept, Tracks Across Wyoming's identity will live on as a new AHW preservation initiative that will feature a series of transportation-themed stories and other programs. Because Tracks served as the Wyoming chapter of the Lincoln Highway Association, the Alliance for Historic Wyoming will now take on that role. The merger was officially announced and celebrated during our This Place Matters event in Sweetwater County in October. Keep an eye out in the coming months for stories, content, and resources related to Wyoming's historic transportation corridors.
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