Annual Festivals: Park County Fair, Wings ‘N’ Wheels
Located in the heart of the Big Horn Basin, Powell lies just 75 miles east of Yellowstone National Park on US 14A, and is surrounded by the Big Horn, Pryor, and Absaroka mountain ranges. Powell was named for Major John Wesley Powell, famed proponent of west¬ern land reclamation and early explorer of the Rocky Mountain West. Although Powell never visited the community this important trading center was named in his honor.
The Homesteaders Museum features Powell’s early settlers and a documentary about the Heart Mountain Relocation Center west of town. During World War II, the center was the third largest city in Wyoming when 11,000 Americans of Japanese descent were interned there. A brand new Interpretive Learning Center opened in 2011 and will remain open year round. The historic site features and eight station walking tour and a memorial honor roll and park.