Welcome to the Jim Gatchell Memorial Museum
D. Michael Thomas: A Retrospective Exhibition Open May 12, 2023
A Sample From Our Collection
Mule Army Wagon. The historic running gears are from the 1867 Wagon Box battle, used by troops from nearby Fort Phil Kearny.
1878 Colt Frontier Model pistol that belonged to US Marshal George Wellman who was murdered during the Johnson County Cattle War.
View of the Wagon Box Battle diorama. Made in 1958 by master diorama artist, Juan Menchaca, it features intricate details and impressive historical accuracy.
Left: Post-WWII US Air Force uniform. It belonged to area resident Larry Gray, who spent a substantial portion of his time in the service at the Pacific Proving Grounds during nuclear bomb testing. Right: WWII era Army Nurse Jacket that belonged to Irene Voiles. Discharged as a 1st Lieutenant after the war, Voiles was a part of Patton's Third Army.
WWII Lapel Pin showing the wearer was a graduate of Aviation Cadet School. This one belonged to one of the four officers onboard the B-17 that crashed in the Bighorn Mountains in 1943.
Electric Vaporizer from Gatchell's Drug Store. Patented 1927.
Closeup of High Country Adventure bronze by Truman Bollinger
Letter from area resident and acclaimed artist, Bernard Thomas to his friend Bill Sand. Thomas and Sand were lifelong friends.
Sheepwagon used by early area Basques while tending to sheep flocks.
Medicated Powder tin from Gatchell's Drug Store.
Part of an exhibit about nearby Fort McKinney. Desk/cabinet, vase, cup, and inkwell are all from the site of the military post which was in existence 1878-1894. The location is now home to the Veterans' Home of Wyoming.
closeup of The Coats of Winter bronze by artist D. Michael Thomas.
Model 1892 30-30 Marlin rifle which once belonged to notorious range detective and killer, Tom Horn.
Woman's Basque dance costume.
Token from the Occidental Bar, good for one drink.
Ink Bottle found along the Bozeman Trail. From J. Bourne & Son of London, England this master bottle was used in schools to fill inkwells.
Bergamot bottle from Gatchell's Drug Store. This may either be a plant of the Lamiaceae family, indigenous to North America and used in a variety of applications, or it might refer to the fruit of the Bergamot Orange, citrus x aurantium, which also has a variety of uses.