Janousek Homestead

Former Carbon County Museum Director Steven C. Dinero discusses the unique history of the Jewish migration to the Wyoming Territory that occurred just prior to and following statehood (1890).

Using primary documentation including census logs, military records, and genealogical data, several case studies are presented of individual Jewish immigrants as well as entire families that left their homes in Europe only to eventually make their homes in Rawlins and neighboring communities of Carbon County.

It is seen that, by and large, the randomly-chosen life experiences discussed largely parallel those of the county at large, both shaping and being shaped by broader communal developments. The study concludes by addressing the question of why, after 100 years of successful participation in the life of the county’s economic growth, the Jews departed wholesale, leaving barely a trace behind.