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Guide to the Bishop Family Collection

Identifier: H2004-135

Scope and Content

This collection consists of records created and collected by L.C. Bishop in his capacity as a member and officer of the Wyoming Pioneer Association, and for his research on emigrant trails and old roads in Wyoming. Some personal correspondence and records are also included

The Pioneer Association files highlight the activities of the Association, fundraising for and construction of the Pioneer Museum, acquisition of museum items, and routine matters. A number of files deal with the organization of Oregon Trail treks. L.C. Bishop’s research on trails and historic sites is also referenced throughout the collection. The map collection was largely assembled to further this research and to present its findings


  • 1925-1971, 1989


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Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research

Copy Restrictions

Limited duplication of print materials allowed for research purposes. User is responsible for all copyright compliance.

Biographical / Historical

This collection focuses on the work and activities of Loren Clark Bishop as a member and officer of the Wyoming Pioneer Association and private historian. Mr. Bishop was born on March 4, 1885 at Fort Fetterman. He attended Converse County public schools and later pursued a career as an engineer and land surveyor by working on survey crews. He was licensed as a land surveyor in Wyoming in 1907, and subsequently climbed the engineer licensing ladder, culminating with licensure as a Professional Engineer and Land Surveyor in 1925

In addition to running a private surveying and engineering practice in Douglas, Mr. Bishop also served stints as Converse County Surveyor, Douglas City Engineer, Engineer-Manager for the LaPrele Irrigation Project, and Superintendent for Water Division No. 1, which encompassed southeast Wyoming. He served as Wyoming’s State Engineer from 1939 to 1957, when he retired

L.C. Bishop was a member of the Wyoming Pioneer Association from its inception in December 1925. He served as the Association’s first secretary, and as its president. He sponsored a mapping project for emigrant trails and old roads across Wyoming, and organized “treks” along the Oregon Trail. L.C. Bishop died on February 20, 1961


2 cubic feet, 2 map drawers


L.C. Bishop maps and documents transferred from the Wyoming Pioneer Memorial Museum to the Wyoming State Archives at the request of the Bishop Family


Files are arranged alphabetically by topic or person, and dated records are arranged chronologically in each folder

Acquisition Information

Collection was donated in 2004

Related Materials

See also H62-47 and H65-6

Separated Materials

Maps are stored separately in Map Case 5A, drawers 1 and 2. Photographs have been separated and added to the Historical Photograph Collection

Processing Information

Processed by Curtis Greubel. Finding aid last updated in 2005. Encoded in 2022.

Guide to the Bishop Family Collection
Edited Full Draft
Curtis Greubel
© 2022
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Finding aid is in English

Repository Details

Part of the Wyoming State Archives, Wyoming Cultural Resources Division, Wyoming Department of State Parks & Cultural Resources Repository

Barrett Building
2301 Central Avenue
Cheyenne Wyoming 82002 United States
(307) 777-7826