Welcome to the Washakie Chapter Website

The chapter and county take their names from Chief Washakie of the Shoshone Indian tribe. Chief Washakie and Chief Sharp Nose of the Arapaho tribe sold the hot springs to the United States in 1896. Hot Springs State Park, established in 1897, was a result of a provision of this sale that a portion should be used to benefit the public.

The hot springs flow over terraces, leaving colorful mineral deposits along the Big Horn River. The water temperature is said to be around 135 degrees and provides the water for public swimming pools and a bath house in Thermopolis.

About our Chapter

The Washakie Chapter, NSDAR, organized in 1925, meets once a month in Thermopolis in Hot Springs County. Many chapter members come from the adjacent county of Washakie. If you are interested in finding out more about this chapter, contact Marilyn.

The Gift of the Waters Pageant is held annually the first Saturday and Sunday in August. The event commemorates Chief Washakie’s gift of the Hot Springs. The Native Americans come on Friday evening to set up their teepees and stay until the conclusion Sunday night. The Pageant was written by Marie Montabe and donated to the Washakie Chapter.


The DAR was founded in 1890 and now has over 175,000 member throughout our contry and abroad. It is a volunteer women’s service organization whose objectives are historic preservation, patriotism, and education.

The DAR Library is one of the world’s premier genealogical research centers. Among NSDAR records are thousands of names of Revolutionary War patriots that have been proven by members. To learn if your ancestral patriot has been proven in DAR, click here to connect to the DAR Genealogical Research System (GRS) link.

Photo credits:  Esther Hobart Morris Statue: adapted from Matthew Trump, "Wyoming Capitol Morris Statue" May 31, 2005 via Wikimedia Commons, Creative Commons Attribution. Grand Teton National Park: adapted from National Park Service, "Jackson Lake".Hot Springs State Park: adapted from Wyoming Tourism, "Hot Springs State Park".