A haven for art buffs of all ages and genres, the city of Gillette is a great place to view and learn about different kinds of works from around the country. Since 2004, Gillette has maintained its Avenues of Art program, which helps maintain a strong focus on the public display and development of different media. Since many of the pieces are also for purchase, this is a great way to browse for items to spruce up your new place. The city itself has made permanent purchases for public display, promising to develop Gillette into a visually stunning place to live.
Coal Mining: History
Gillette is part of the wider coal country in the area of northeast Wyoming. Here, you and your family can learn about its local and regional history and major industry for free at the local Rockpile Museum, as it is a great place to take visitors when they come to see you in your new place. In addition to having artifacts of the settled West on display, the museum also has video demonstrations and tours centered on the practice and industry of coal mining. To please adventurers who want to see how coal mining works today, the currently active Eagle Butte mine has guided tours.
If you like to ride a bike, there are many bike loops ranging from 4 miles to distances in the hundred mile range in and around Gillette. Since the city is located in the mountains, any distance will provide a great hilly challenge. The nearby Black Hills and Bighorn Mountains provide a great, natural venue for weekend hiking and camping, and there are many lakes and streams in the surrounding areas of the town where you can safely take a dip in warmer months. Especially if you are the "rugged individual" go-getter type, the natural landscape around Gillette provides a great venue for outdoors activity.