June 28th, 2012, was a somber day in the history of Lander, Wyoming, as we all solemnly watched 100 years of hunts, weddings, anniversaries, reunions, parties, fundraisers, and funerals burn into rubble and disappear into a large thick black column of smoke.
The City of Lander could have easily given in. But we didn’t. We rolled up our sleeves and began working on a new community center, just like the generations before us. The City immediately got to work - hiring architects, appointing a citizens design committee, and developing a funding plan.
The result was a community that came together to design and construct a beautiful new 19,000 square foot community and convention center. In addition to operating as a community center, our new facility has been designed to function dually as a convention center. Lander is position well suited for this purpose being centrally located with the State of Wyoming. Lander has become a destination community as a result of unlimited wilderness, recreational opportunities, younger-aged population and charming Main Street and our local casinos.
We will always carry the memories from the former community center with us, but, friends, today is the time we begin making new memories together.