Annual Festivals: FossilFest, Oyster Ridge Music Festival
Kemmerer, with a population of 3,020 is the hub of activity for the southern end of Lincoln County. Named for the financier of early coal exploitations in the area, the town was for many years the center of a thriving coal mining industry. James Cash “JC” Penney founded his retail store in Kemmerer in 1902 as a dry goods store for the booming mining town. The original J.C. Penney store is still a thriving retail outlet known as the “Mother Store. This small hamlet is home to two great annual events in FossilFest and the Oyster Ridge Music Festival. The music festival, held in July, has featured Grammy Award winning acts including the Peasall Sisters and Teri Hendricks. The festival was the recipient of the 2005 Governor’s Art Award.
Also stop by Fossil Butte National Monument to see fossils and, during the summer, witness fossil excavation.