This month marks the Platte River Trails Trust’s 10th year at the Tate Pumphouse. A lot has happened since the organization preserved and renovated the river-side location in 2009 and as often happens with major milestones, PRTT is looking back at how it all started and asking for your help to ensure this beautiful space continues to serve the community for years to come!
Prior to Platte River Trails Trust’s (PRTT) occupancy, a historic brick structure once used as a pumping station to send water to the town of Midwest and the Salt Creek Field stood where the present day Pumphouse resides. The Pumphouse was gifted to the Platte River Trails Trust by BP in 2007. Shortly after, a plan was implemented to turn this historic structure into a community gathering place with indoor public restrooms, the Platte River Trail Trust office, and more. After a two-year renovation of the historic building, PRTT celebrated the Grand Opening of the “Tate Pumphouse and Trail Center” on November 7, 2009.
A generous, $500,000 donation from the Tate Foundation kick started the process, while the rest of the $1.5 million it cost to renovate the Pumphouse came from donations and government grants, as reported in the Billings Gazette. The renovation involved installing water, sewer, and all new electrical; which can be used for any further development along the North Platte River. In addition to the PRTT offices, conference room, and public event space, a key inclusion for the renovation was offering clean, safe public restrooms; a nice amenity for trail users alike!
However, the Tate Pumphouse is not just the home-base of the PRTT, it’s also the perfect place to host an event. With an overall capacity of 250, the space beautifully lends itself to social functions, wedding receptions, and business functions. The space includes a full catering kitchen, ample parking, and a private board room with seating for 20. Just off the south east side, an adjoining patio offers guests the opportunity to enjoy the picturesque views of White Water Park and Casper Mountain, making the Tate Pumphouse a one of a kind indoor and outdoor space along the North Platte River. Learn more and book your next holiday party, reunion, or wedding here!
Since setting up shop in 2009, many exciting events, trail-building milestones, and celebrations have taken place within the walls of Tate Pumphouse. As we celebrate all we’ve accomplished in this space so far, we’re asking you to help us ensure the Tate Pumphouse and Trail Center is serving the public in the best capacity.
Please take this short survey and let us know what projects you’d like to see Platte River Trails Trust prioritize in the coming years.