Table at Trail End (Briefly) Extended to Full Size

Trail End dining room table extended to full size. (Courtesy photo)
Trail End dining room table extended to full size. (Courtesy photo)

The dining room table at the Trail End State Historic Site is massive, but probably no one in recent years has seen how massive the solid mahogany structure actually is – until last month.

Cynde Georgen, who's district manager of the Wyoming State Parks Absaroka district, said the table has always been set up for exhibit with two of the leaves in place.

But, Georgen said, the Trail End staff knew the table actually had eight leaves, and that six of the leaves were stored on the third floor of the house museum.

Motivated by curiosity, Georgen said, Site Superintendent Sharie Prout and a student volunteer in February brought the six leaves down – by the house's elevator – and put the table together.

Georgen said once the table is fully extended, it can't be moved because of its weight. She said the table also can only be set up diagonally across the dining room. Fully extended, the table measures 16 feet by six feet wide and seats 20.

The table currently is fully extended, but Georgen said the six leaves will be removed and the table restored to its usual size for exhibit before the Trail End opens to the public next month.

Otherwise, she said, the table blocks the doorway, and people can't get into the dining room.

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