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High Plains Archeological Center - a hidden gem in Pine Bluffs


September 5, 2019

Victoria Smithey/Pine Bluffs Post

Above: Fran Purkey, project leader for the High Plains Archeological Center in front of dig display.

September is Wyoming Archeology Awareness Month, and as luck would have it Pine Bluffs is home to its very own archeology dig. Nestled up in the side of the bluffs the High Plains Archeological Center is one of Pine's hidden gems.

Staffed by tour guide Lucy Waldroupe and project leader Fran Purkey, the site is home to much of the history of Pine Bluffs. Charles A. Reher, University of Wyoming's professor of Archeology and Anthropology grew up in Pine Bluffs, and thought that the area would be a perfect spot for a field study for his students. With the help of the university and the town of...

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