Museums share a connection


February 10, 2021

Courtesy photo from the Sweetwater County Historical Museum

The Rock Springs Dragon, left, circa 1900, and his "brother" Loong, at right, both made at the same workshop in China in the early 1890s. Loong now lives in stately retirement at the Golden Dragon Museum in Bendigo, Australia. The Golden Dragon Museum (at ) is home to a total of eight Chinese parade dragons.

The Sweetwater County Historical Museum in Green River recently discovered that it has a unique cultural and historical link to another museum on the other side of the world.

The county museum recently published an article and Facebook post about the huge silk dragon used in parades and processions by the Chinese community in Rock Springs well over a century ago.

All that remains of the dragon now are carefully-preserved photographs and its grapefruit-sized glass eyes, currently on exhibit in the museum's gallery.

Barely a day later the museum was contacted by the Golden Dragon Museum in B...

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