Chugwater Wyoming Background

CHUG - Chugwater Historical Unity Group

CHUG is a non-profit corporation with the goal to collect and preserve material relating to the history of the Chugwater Community. CHUG's purpose is to:

  • Promote knowledge of Wyoming and Western history
  • Collect and conserve records, artifacts, traditions, and structures of the Chugwater Community
  • Document the history and character of the people involved in the social, economic, and educational development of Chugwater ranches and homesteads
  • Present these materials for public study and review
  • Create and operate a museum and archives as an education resource for public study and enjoyment

Museum hours are 1 PM – 4 PM, every Saturday and Sunday, Memorial Day through Labor Day, as well as Labor Day, the 4th of July, and Memorial Day. Special openings may be arranged by contacting one of the CHUG members.

Current CHUG officers for 2023:

  • President – Dave Graves
  • Vice President – Terry Cronce
  • Secretary – Lycnda Hutchinon
  • Treasurer – Karen Guidice
  • Museum Curator – Ruth Vaughn or Beauford Thompson

Membership is open to all interested persons and dues are $5 per year. Meetings are held on the third Monday at 7 PM each month, September through May at the Chugwater Community Center. In June there is a special meeting or tour. We always enjoy the opportunity for others to share programs of special interest about the area.

There is an ongoing project of compiling the stories of how folks came to Chugwater. Do you have a story to share? Please let us know by contacting Ruth Vaughn at (307)422-2509 or Carol Eckhardt at (307)331-5765


In June, 2017 CHUG received $2500 from the Platte County Lodging Tax Board to enhance the visitor's experience. We are planning to use these funds to make display boards to identify the machinery in our outdoor lot as well as purchasing archival covering for clothing in the museum. Thank you to the Platte County Lodging Tax Board!

Town of Chugwater | PO Box 243 | 248 2nd Street | Chugwater, WY 82210 | (307) 422-3493
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