TORRINGTON - WyomingPBS will be hosting a screening of the 90-minute documentary The Bozeman Trail: A Rush to Montana's Gold at the Eastern Wyoming College Fine Arts Auditorium Monday, May 10th from 6-8pm. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with author and historian Shannon Smith.
The Bozeman Trail was an offshoot of the heavily traveled Oregon Trail. But this shortcut to the goldfields of Montana would have a huge impact on the future of the northern plains, the northern Rocky Mountains and the native people who inhabited the area.
This documentary, a co-production of WyomingPBS and Montana PBS, takes viewers on a journey of discovery through this stunning western landscape. It explores how this trail first became established and the consequences of its existence, through the eyes of pioneers, Native Americans, and the U.S. military. It delves into the dynamic events that played out between the years 1862 through 1868 in northeast Wyoming and southwest Montana.
Two years in the making, the documentary features stunning photography, archival photos, artwork and historic re-creations that bring this turbulent time in western history to life.
The Bozeman Trail was funded in part by Think Wy, the Wyoming Cultural Trust Fund, Rocky Mountain Power, the Big Sky Film Grant, the Gilhousen Family Foundation, Wyoming Community Foundation and Montana Humanities.