Meeteetse Presentation on Amelia Earhart July 16

Join us for a Historic Double Dee Ranch Tour/Amelia Earhart Presentation July 16
Meeteetse Museums will host its annual tour of the former Double Dee Guest Ranch on Sunday, July 16, as part of Cowboy Day in Meeteetse celebration. This year, the tour will be led by an array of folks, including Byron Bennett, whose family lived at the Double Dee for a number of years. There will also be a special tribute to Jim Dunrud and his late wife Joan who led this tour for many years. It was Jim’s father, Carl Dunrud, who started the Double Dee and operated the guest ranch, mostly during the 1930s. Among the Dunrud’s guests was Amelia Earhart.
The tour will gather at Meeteetse Museums and will leave at 8:30 a.m. sharp. Those wanting to meet the tour on site and not travel with the group must arrive at the Double Dee by 10 a.m. There is no charge for the tour, which will begin at 10:30 a.m. Individuals may drive their own vehicles or arrange to carpool at the museum. Vehicles should have high clearance. Participants should also bring a sack lunch and plenty of water.
A special appearance and talk by “Amelia Earhart” outside of Amelia’s Double Dee cabin will also be included in the tour! The Double D was a favorite of the famous aviatrix, who stayed at the ranch during July 1934. Earhart became close friends with owner Carl Dunrud and the family. Participants will visit the actual cabin where Amelia and her husband, George Putnam, stayed for nearly one month. Earhart enjoyed the area so much that she had Carl Dunrud begin construction of a summer cabin for her just above the old ghost mining town of Kirwin, at that time also owned by the Dunruds. Construction ceased when Earhart disappeared over the Pacific Ocean.
In addition, during lunch, participants will enjoy a live musical performance by Miss V, the Gypsy Cowbelle. Miss V will perform her own brand of cowbilly music, including some of her original songs.
Depending on the flow of the Wood River, participants with high clearance may continue the tour to Kirwin (on their own) and then hike one mile to Amelia’s proposed cabin. As of July 1, please note that the Wood River crossing was unpassable due to high water. An official from the US Forest Service, however, will be at the Double Dee Tour to update participants on the condition of the river and road to Kirwin.
For additional information about this event, call 307-868-2423 or email info@meeteetsemuseums.org.