Washakie Chapter

Thermopolis, Wyoming

Advancing the Legacy Since 1925

Washakie Chapter was organized by seventeen ladies on January 15, 1925, and the charter was accepted by the National Society on February 5, 1926. The chapter name was selected to recognize the importance of Chief Washakie, the leader of the Shoshone Tribe that first discovered the Hot Springs that are located in Thermopolis.

The Washakie chapter was disbanded and no longer active as of 2017. 

Through the years Washakie Chapter has taken part in the “Gift of the Waters Pageant” that is presented on the first weekend in August. The pageant was written by Marie Montabe and first presented in 1925. Ms. Montabe gave the rights to the pageant to Washakie Chapter. The pageant includes songs, dances, and narrative by members of the Shoshone Nation and Thermopolis residents.

About Thermopolis

Thermopolis, home of the world’s largest mineral hot spring, is a small town located along the Big Horn River near the mouth of the Wind River Canyon. Thermopolis was incorporated in 1896 as a ranching community, and later became the center for a number of oil fields.

Outdoor activities attract many visitors annually, including Hot Springs State Park; Legend Rock area west of Thermopolis has a large collection of petroglyphs; Wyoming Dinosaur Center offers both viewing of complete dinosaur specimens and the adventure of digging; and The Wind River and Big Horn River offer both fishing and raft rides.