Cemetery Tour Information

The annual Echoes of the Past Cemetery Tours are fast approaching!  If you are interested in seeing a particular “spirit” – see the listing below for dates.  Email our educator, Jennifer Romanoski, at educator@jimgatchell.com, call at 307-684-9331, or stop by the museum to reserve your spots now!  These tend to sell out, so they are on a first-come first-serve prepay basis only.  Check the museum’s facebook page for updates: https://www.facebook.com/JimGatchellMemorialMuseum


Louise Richter was brought up as a proper young lady when at the tender age of 14, she suddenly found herself faced with single-handedly operating her father’s cattle ranch.

Kim Harvey will be performing as Louise Richter on August 13, 14, 15, and 16.

 Louise Richter









Many of the women who lived and died in the Old West never had their names recorded in a history book—but you can meet our “Woman of the Plains” and hear a sampling of their collective story.

Our Woman of the Plains is portrayed by Francine Russell who will perform on August 8, 9, 13, and 14.



Many of the first white men in this area were fur trappers and mountain men. Learn about the reasons they came to this area and how they survived through our Anonymous Mountain Man.

Anonymous Mountain Man will be performed by Chris Boggs on August 6, 7, 8, and 9.



Born in France, Marie Urrizaga Cubialde is remembered for her love of family and the Basque culture, for her strong work ethic and big heart.

Marie Urrizaga Cubialde is portrayed by Kathy Camino and will be present during the August 6, 7, 8, and 9 tours.



Grace Irigaray was an exceptional Basque woman who knew the importance of hard work but also enjoyed entertaining family and friends.

Grace Irigaray is portrayed by Amy Pierson who will perform on August 6, 7, 8, and 9.  Grace Irigaray







Born in Bavaria, Christian Hepp became one of the first settlers in the Piney Creek area and participated in many Johnson County historic events.

Christian Hepp is portrayed by Steve Laird who will perform on August 6, 7, 15, and 16.




Born into one Johnson County pioneer family and marrying into another, Ruth Holland Cook developed a zest for life that helped her face adversity and overcome tragedy.

Pepper Williams will be performing as Ruth Holland Cook on August 6, 7, 8, and 9.



“Fortune’s Favorite Child” – Miss Vivian Hesse was a very spunky, well-traveled, accomplished horsewoman.

Miss Vivian Hesse is portrayed by Carla Faircloth and will appear during the August 6, 7, 15, and 16 tours.



Dr. John Howard Lott served at Ft. McKinney before setting up practice in Buffalo and marrying Ella Bryant French. Discover how they impacted Buffalo and the hardships they endured.

Dr. John Howard Lott and Ella Bryant French Lott will be portrayed by Mike and Marcie Scarlett on August 13, 14, 15, and 16.



Although his father was ambushed and murdered during the cattle wars, Martin Tisdale went on to be one of Johnson County’s highest regarded sheriffs.

Learn more about Martin Tisdale through Shane Schrader’s performances on August 13, 14, 15, and 16.  Martin_Tisdale 600dpi



Martin Urruty arrived in America as a young Basque sheepherder. Learn about the obstacles he overcame and the life he lived in Johnson County.

See Martin Urruty as portrayed by his son Jean Urruty on August 6, 7, 8, and 9.




Margaret Thom married William Thom, a sheepherder and bank manager at the Stebbins Conrad Bank (later the First Northern Bank of Wyoming), in the 1880s. Many of their children would continue to work at the bank to the present day.

Margaret Thomwill be portrayed by Cathy Stafford on August 13, 14, 15, and 16.