Moving Forward Since 1976
T he National Board of Management officially confirmed the Fremont Chapter on January 30, 1976, with sixteen members. The chapter chose the name of Fremont in honor of John C. Fremont who was an American military officer, explorer, and the first U.S. Presidential candidate of the newly formed anti-slavery Republican Party. As an Army officer and explorer, Fremont spent time in the Riverton area surveying and mapping overland trails.
The chapter is active in promoting Constitution Week through newspaper articles, mayoral proclamations, displays in libraries, schools and local businesses, and the ringing of bells. The chapter honors veterans by laying wreaths on Memorial Day and Veterans Day, participating in parades, planting trees, and donating goods to local veterans medical centers. Over the years, Fremont has recognized outstanding teachers and students and made donations to educational institutions. On September 26, 2015, Fremont Chapter celebrated the 125th Anniversary of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution and the 125th Anniversary of Wyoming Statehood by dedicating Wyoming’s first DAR Forest at Fish Lake in the Shoshone National Forest.
With 37 members, the chapter membership includes: one Past Vice President General, an Honorary State Regent, two northwest divisional vice chairs, and two state committee chairs.
The modern city of Riverton, Wyoming, was founded in 1906 during the land rush to settle acreage withdrawn by treaty from the Wind River Indian Reservation. Riverton’s history blends the pioneer spirit of the homesteader with the native culture of the Northern Arapahoe and Eastern Shoshone tribes.
Riverton sits on the convergence of the Big Wind and Little Wind Rivers, which has been a meeting place and crossroads since prehistoric times. Several rendezvous were held in this valley in 1829, 1830, and 1838. The rendezvous played host to many prominent mountain men such as Jim Bridger, William Sublette, Kit Carson, and Jedediah Smith. In keeping with the rendezvous spirit, every July Riverton hosts the 1838 Mountain Man Rendezvous. This event keeps the old memories alive by providing a living encampment, games of skill, food, and dancing. This rendezvous is held on the original 1838 site.
Riverton is a favorite route to Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks. The Wind River Valley and Riverton offer many activities: fishing, hunting, camping, hiking, boating, golfing, snowmobiling, skiing, rock climbing, four wheeling, rodeos, fairs, or just a beautiful place to relax.