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Talk: Bob Richard, Last Float of the Bighorn Canyon

April 21 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm MDT

Jack Richard’s Last Float of the Bighorn Canyon before the Dam

Big Horn Canyon, August 1962. MS 89 Jack Richard Photograph Collection. PN.89.32.5151.12b
Big Horn Canyon, August 1962. MS 89 Jack Richard Photograph Collection. PN.89.32.5151.12b

A free talk by Bob Richard

Thursday, April 21, 2022
Noon–1 p.m.

Join us for the April presentation in our “Local Lore with Bob Richard” series of free talks hosted by our McCracken Research Library.

Bob presents a talk exploring the Jack Richard’s Last Float of the Bighorn Canyon, which took place in August of 1962, before construction of Yellowtail Dam began in March 1963. Jack’s photographs, along with some of Bob’s own photos, illustrate the presentation. Jack was invited on the trip by Ron Bell, the Big Horn Basin Supervisor of the Wyoming Game & Fish Department, in advance of the building of the damn, to document the landscape and the research  done into 10,000 years of Native American occupation of the area.

With a wealth of knowledge about the Cody and Yellowstone National Park areas, Bob has a lifetime of stories to share with future generations. The “Local Lore with Bob Richard” series continues monthly throughout the year.

The talks in this series are gathered in this YouTube playlist.

Big Horn Canyon, August 1962. MS 89 Jack Richard Photograph Collection. PN.89.32.5151.11a
Big Horn Canyon, August 1962. MS 89 Jack Richard Photograph Collection. PN.89.32.5151.11a

Bob Richard

About the speaker

A lifelong Wyoming resident, Richard’s varied experiences are pure West. He worked at guest ranches, guided horse and hunting trips, ranched, and for 37 years owned and operated Grub Steak Expeditions, personally touring thousands of visitors from around the world through Yellowstone and its ecosystem.

Educated at the Universities of Wyoming, Arizona, and California (Fresno), Richard has served as a teacher and school administrator, a decorated United States Marine Corps pilot in Vietnam, and, for 21 years, helped coordinate American Red Cross service and relief activities in the western United States.

Upcoming Local Lore talks

May 12: Buffalo Bill Burial Story (Margie and Mike Johnson join Bob)
June 9: Tour of Yellowstone with Aubrey Haines (John Lounsbury joins Bob)
July 21: Cody / Yellowstone: 150 Years
August 18: The Most Scenic 72 Miles: The Road to Yellowstone
September 15: The Heart Mountain Internment Camp Story
October 20: The History of the Buffalo Bill Center of the West
November 17: Women in the Early Days and Other Old-Timers
December 15: Sunlight / Crandall Country