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FMCA’s Family Reunion and Motorhome Showcase, Gillette, Wyoming

As you know, tours are a great part of the fun and excitement at any FMCA Family Reunion & Motorhome Showcase.  The Gillette area offers interesting and educational tours highlighting the city and county’s claim as The Energy Capital, providing nearly 35 percent of the nation’s coal.  Some 80 coal trains are dispatched from the area each day from seemingly bottomless open-pit mines.  The nation’s first national monument, Devils Tower, is just 60 miles from Gillette and you’ll be wide-eyed as you are guided through one of the largest herd of bison in Wyoming at the Durham Ranch.  Deadwood and Mount Rushmore National Memorial are wonderful historic tours from Gillette.  Don’t leave this area without taking in the history, beauty, and heritage of the land known as the “The Cowboy State.”

Tour members should bring appropriate head and eye gear, as the western sun is usually intense; sunscreen is recommended for those who are sensitive.  Comfortable walking gear, cameras, and binoculars will enhance the touring experience.  A variety of casual clothing is recommended.  On longer outings, some reading material might be brought along to help the miles slip by.

 
 

Available Tours

 
 

Tour: Presidents and Indians Mount Rushmore & Crazy Horse Monuments

Destination Departs From
Mt. Rushmore / Crazy Horse Cam-Plex - 2 Coaches
 
Description:

Sit back for the 2 ˝ -hour trip in a luxury bus and view the Wild Western countryside while we travel to our first stop, Crazy Horse Memorial.  “My fellow chiefs and I would like the white man to know the red man has great heroes, too”  wrote Lakota Chief Henry Standing Bear, when inviting sculptor Korczak Ziolkovwski to carve a monument of Indian Chief Crazy horse in the Black Hills.  Started in 1948, the monument is still a work-in-progress.  While at the monument, you’ll have time to visit the Native American Cultural Center, part of the Indian Museum of North America.  Crazy Horse was a main strategist in the defeat of Lt. Col. George Armstrong Custer and his troops.

The next stop will be Mount Rushmore in the beautiful Black Hills of South Dakota.  Between 1927 and 1942, Gutzon Borglum and 400 workers sculpted the 60-foot busts of U.S. presidents George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln to represent the first 150 years of American history.  You will be able to stroll the Avenue of Flags where each state is represented, and walk the Presidential Trail, which offers the closest viewpoints of the Mount Rushmore faces.  Close-up views of the monument may require walking and some stairs.

The deadline for the early bird registration is May 30, 2013.

 
Quantity Date Start Time End Time Available Early Bird Regular

06/18/2013 8:00 am 5:00 pm 2 $55.00 $65.00

 
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Tour: Devil's Tower National Monument & Historic Deadwood, South Dakota

Destination Departs From
Devil's Tower and Deadwood, SD Cam-Plex - 2 Coaches
 
Description:

This trip will start with a visit to Devils Tower, the nation’s first national monument located along the Bell Fourche River on the edge of the Black Hills in northeastern Wyoming.  Learn the science, history, and mystique from the park guides of this scenic national treasure.

From Devils Tower your journey will continue through scenic Spearfish Canyon and on to Deadwood, South Dakota.  Enjoy the breathtaking waterfalls and creeks, much of which look as it did 120 years ago.  Ride the trolley and hear the fascinating history of one of Americas famed gold-mining towns.  Or, if you choose, you may enjoy walking the same streets as the legendary Wild Bill Hickok and Calamity Jane.  Close-up views of the monument may require walking and some stairs.

The deadline for the early bird registration is May 30, 2013.

 
Quantity Date Start Time End Time Available Early Bird Regular

06/20/2013 8:00 am 5:00 pm 12 $55.00 $65.00

 
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Tour: Durham Bison Ranch

Destination Departs From
Durham Ranch Cam-Plex - 2 Coaches
 
Description:

Prior to the great movement of pioneers to the West, the Powder River Basin of Wyoming supported millions of bison, often called “buffalo,” and was considered primary hunting grounds for many Plains Indian tribes.  After near extinction, surplus bison from the Yellowstone Park herd were reintroduced onto the 60,000-acre Durham Ranch in 1959.  Today, nearly 2,500 bison roam the plains of the Durham Ranch, the second-largest bison ranch in America.  The Flocchini family, owners and operators of the ranch, invite you to get up-close-and-personal with the herd during your tour. 

A lean and tasty barbecue buffalo lunch or dinner, cooked for you at the ranch, is included on this tour.  Shelter with tables and chairs are provided.

The deadline for the early bird registration is May 30, 2013.

 
Quantity Date Start Time End Time Available Early Bird Regular

06/18/2013 9:30 am 2:30 pm 3 $48.00 $58.00

06/19/2013 3:30 pm 8:30 pm 2 $48.00 $58.00

06/20/2013 9:30 am 2:30 pm 15 $48.00 $58.00

06/21/2013 4:00 pm 9:00 pm 0 $48.00 $58.00

 
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Tour: Coal Mine Tour

Destination Departs From
Eagle Butte Mine Cam-Plex - 1 Coach
 
Description:

Gillette proudly proclaims itself “The Energy Capital of the World” and no wonder, given its large oil and gas reserves and world-class coal deposits.  Tour Eagle Butte Mine, one of 16 open-pit coal mines in Campbell County that have made Wyoming the nation’s leading coal producer.  Watch as monstrous equipment efficiently extracts the black gold, which is then precisely loaded onto trains for shipment to markets throughout the United States.  You will marvel at how mined areas are restored using the latest environmental practices, all to the benefit of livestock and wildlife.

The deadline for the early bird registration is May 30, 2013.

 
Quantity Date Start Time End Time Available Early Bird Regular

06/18/2013 2:00 pm 4:00 pm 0 $15.00 $20.00

06/19/2013 9:30 am 11:30 am 0 $15.00 $20.00

06/19/2013 11:30 am 1:30 pm 0 $15.00 $20.00

06/19/2013 2:00 pm 4:00 pm 0 $15.00 $20.00

06/20/2013 2:00 pm 4:00 pm 0 $15.00 $20.00

06/21/2013 9:30 am 11:30 am 0 $15.00 $20.00

06/22/2013 2:30 pm 4:30 pm 0 $15.00 $20.00

06/20/2013 9:30 am 11:30 pm 0 $15.00 $20.00

 
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Tour: Historic Walking Tour

Destination Departs From
Gilette Main Street Lula Belle’s Café, at the corner of 1st Street and
Gillette Avenue, near the railroad tracks.
 
Description:

The Campbell County Historical Society offers a Walking Tour of historic downtown Gillette, Wyoming, as an educational and enjoyable way to learn more about this beautiful area.

The Walking Tour of downtown Gillette follows Gillette Avenue from the point where the railroad arrived in 1891 to Twin Spruce Junior High School, once known as the Campbell County High School, and back to the railroad tracks.  These seven blocks of Gillette Avenue were the focus of early commercial and residential development. 

The tour takes two (2) hours, so you have time to go inside jail cells; note cornerstones; hear ghost stories and learn how Gillette has grown and changed over the years.  Buildings were moved across the street; businesses burned down; pastors were arrested; and City Hall was used as a morgue.

The walking tour will start at Lula Belle’s Café at the corner of 1st Street and Gillette Avenue, near the railroad tracks.  You should wear comfortable walking shoes for the 14-block walk.  Bring a bottle of water and wear sunscreen and/or a hat.

The deadline for the early bird registration is May 30, 2013.

 
Quantity Date Start Time End Time Available Early Bird Regular

06/19/2013 9:00 am 11:00 am 0 $10.00 $15.00

06/19/2013 1:00 pm 3:00 pm 0 $10.00 $15.00

06/20/2013 9:00 am 11:00 am 1 $10.00 $15.00

06/20/2013 1:00 pm 3:00 pm 0 $10.00 $15.00

 
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