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Buford, WY
A Fog Shrouded Ames Monument
Ames Monument - The Ames Brothers, Oaks (1804-1873) and Oliver (1807-1877) created the nation's first transcontinental railroad in 1869. This was a monumental feat in that time. To honor the brothers a 60 foot tall pyramid was created at the highest point in which the railroad ascended, 8,247 feet. On two sides of the pyramid are relief portraits of Oaks and Oliver created by world renowned sculpture Augustus Saint-Gaudens. Unfortunately the brothers tarnished their reputation by over-inflating the true costs of the railway and defrauded the government out of millions of dollars. The monument itself is a few miles down a dirt road, kind of in the middle of nowhere, but it's a nice monument.
Casper, WY
Fort Caspar
Fort Caspar Museum - The Fort Caspar Museum includes the reconstructed 1865 Fort Caspar which houses a large variety of natural history and cultural artifacts related to the region. The fort, named after Lieutenant Caspar Collins who was killed in the Battle of the Platte Bridge Station, served as a military post and a rest stop for travelers along the Oregon, California, Mormon and Pony Express Trails. The museum's collection includes thousands of historic photos in its permanent collection and six ever changing temporary exhibits.
Cheyenne, WY
Hang on Cowboy
Cheyenne Frontier Days and Old West Museum - With over 60,000 artifacts exhibited and boasting a large collection of horse drawn carriages, the Cheyenne Frontier Days and Old West Museum chronicles the history of Cheyenne. Artifacts include clothing dating back to the 1850s, bronze statues, folk art, and antique cars. Its namesake, Cheyenne Frontier Days, is the world's largest outdoor rodeo which began in 1897 and is held each year in July. The rodeo attracts big name entertainers and the biggest names in rodeo.
Cheyenne, WY
Wyoming's Capitol Building
State Capitol Building - Construction of the Wyoming State Capitol Building began in 1886 and was completed in 1890, the same year the territory became the 44th US state. The three story renaissance revival building was designed by David W Gibbs and Company, and is reminiscent in design to the nation's capitol. The interior contains a sculpture of Shoshone Chief Washakie, a formerly 3,000 lb mounted bison, and of course the Senate and House chambers. The exterior of the building was constructed with sandstone and is adorned with a 24 carat gold gilded dome reaching 146 feet into the cool Wyoming air.
Cody, WY
Hiding in the Hat of Buffalo Bill
Buffalo Bill Historical Center - William Frederick "Buffalo Bill" Cody (1846-1917) the namesake of Cody, Wyoming was a buffalo hunter and more notably a gifted showman. The town honors him with the Buffalo Bill Historical Center. The center contains five museums in its quarter of a million square foot facility, the Buffalo Bill, Plains Indians, Whitney Western Art, Draper Natural History, and Cody Firearms Museums. Another area attraction that's worth checking out is Old Trail Town, which houses a collection of 26 historic building including Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid's "Hole-in-the-Wall" cabin.
Devils Tower, WY
Close Encounters of a Third Kind
Devils Tower - In 1906, Devil's Tower was designated the nation's first National Monument by President Theodore Roosevelt. The volcanic formation (volcano core) stands 1,267 feet above the surrounding plains, with a summit of 5,112 feet. The most popular thing to do at Devils Tower is to hike around the monument on the 1.3 mile paved trail. The trail weaves through a field of giant rocks that have fallen off of the tower and offers great views of climbers scaling the monolith. A little trivia about the nearby town of Sundance trivia - Harry Longabaugh, the Sundance Kid, got his name after spending time in jail here. There is a nice sculpture of the Kid on Main Street.
Douglas, WY
Home of the Jackalope
Home of the Jackalope - Oh those crazy Jackalopes, half jackrabbit and half antelope, they are as legendary as the Loch Ness Monster and Bigfoot, and they are just as rarely spotted. The jackalope is known for imitating human voices and singing cowboy songs, and can be hunted for only one day a year, June 31st. According to the Douglas Chamber of Commerce the first recorded observation of a jackalope was in 1828 by Roy Ball in the area of Douglas County. Outside the Chamber of Commerce and on the square in downtown Douglas are monuments to this fantastic creature.
Fort Laramie, WY
Ruts Left by Covered Wagons
Fort Laramie and the Oregon Trail - Two of Wyoming's historic sites are located near Guernsey, Fort Laramie National Historic Site and the Oregon Trail Ruts State Historic Site. Fort Laramie contains 800 acres of beautifully preserved and fully furnished historic buildings. The fort was originally a fur trading hub built in the 1830 and subsequently converted to an Army post to facilitate travelers along the Oregon Trail. Evidence of the Oregon Trail is displayed at the Trail Ruts Site. Deep ruts are cut into solid rock from the wagon wheels of travelers heading west.
Fort Washakie, WY
Sacagawea's Grave
Sacagawea - Sacagawea, a daughter of a Shoshone chief, accompanied the Lewis and Clark Expedition (Corps of Discovery) from November 1804 to August 1806. During that time she served as a Shoshone interpreter and a guide to the western territories. Sacagawea's presence in the group, along with her newborn son, calmed the Indian tribes they came in contact with because no warring party ever traveled with a female. After the expedition was complete little is known about Sacagawea, there are even two grave sites in her name, this one and one near Sitting Bull's grave in South Dakota.
Jackson, WY
Elk - not Jackolope Antlers
Antler Arches - At the four corners of the Jackson Town Square are 15 foot tall Antler Arches. Each arch contains roughly 2,000 individual antlers and combined to weigh around 12,000 lbs. The Elk who donated their racks to the arches did so voluntarily because they naturally shed them each year. During the holiday season, the archways are lit up with Christmas lights, giving the town a festive feel. If you want to see antlers attached to an elk, head north out of town to the National Elk Refuge. The refuge contains as many as 5,000 elk during the winter months, making it the world's largest wintering herd.
Kemmerer, WY
Best Fossils in the World
Fossil Butte National Monument - Fossil Butte National Monument preserves some of the finest plant and animal remains found anywhere in the world. 50 million years ago ancient lakes covered this area and were teeming with life forms. As the plants and animals died they were preserved in the lake bottom's sediment. Throughout the area are fossilized alligators, fish, bats, insects, plants and even my fellow primates. At Fossil Butte there are two walking trails, the Quarry and Lake Trails, as well as a visitor center featuring a collection of fossils and a short film.
Kemmerer, WY
The Golden Rule Store
JC Penney Store No 1 - James Cash Penney (1875-1971) or as we know him JC Penney, opened his first store in Kemmerer on April 14, 1902. Back then it was called the "Golden Rule Store" for the belief that you should do unto others as you would have them do unto you. The store was very successful and Penney opened a total of 34 stores by 1913, when the name was officially changed to JC Penney. Today the company operates over a thousand stores around the nation. JC Penney Store No 1 is still a fully functioning store and Penney's first home has been converted to a museum.
Laramie, WY
Once Held Butch Cassidy
Wyoming Territorial Park - The Wyoming Territorial Park contains Wyoming's first and best preserved prison, the Wyoming Territorial Prison. The prison's most famous inmate Butch Cassidy (Robert Leroy Parker) was housed here for 18 months beginning in 1894 for horse theft. He was one of a thousand men and a handful of women who were imprisoned here. The nicely restored prison contains furnished cells, a laundry facility and a nice museum. Also on site is the Broom Factory where prisoners built brooms, the Boxcar and Warden's House, and a furnished homestead.
Lovell, WY
No Perscriptions Required at Medicine Wheel
Medicine Wheel - In a desolate area of the Big Horn Mountains at nearly 10,000 feet is a Native American archeological site of unknown purposes. The 80 foot diameter and 245 foot circumference Medicine Wheel has 28 spokes (which are speculated to correspond with the 28 day lunar cycle) that branch out from a circular pile of stones called a cairn. The structure is estimated to be 500-800 years old and is astronomically aligned to celestial objects and the summer solstice. The site is held sacred by Native Americans with ceremonies still being performed today. There is a three mile round trip hike required to reach Medicine Wheel, which is only accessible during summer months.
McKinnon, WY
Antelope of Flaming Gorge
Flaming Gorge National Recreation Area - The majority of the 201,000 acre Flaming Gorge National Recreation Area resides in Wyoming with a little bit in Utah. Named for its red flamed canyon walls, the formations were created from sediment that settled in one of the area's prehistoric fresh-water lakes. Besides the gorgeous canyon walls and great fishing in the reservoir, you will find antelope grazing everywhere. There are also lizards, scorpions and rattlesnakes, if that's your thing, but the antelope are fantastic.
Moose, WY
Grand Teton Reflection
Grand Teton National Park - Known for their magnificent snow-covered jagged peaks, the Tetons are an impressive display of nature's beauty. Formed along a fault line millions of years ago, the mountains were pushed skyward reaching a height of 13,770 feet. What makes the mountains appear so dramatic is the lack of foothills obstructing the view. The 485 square mile Grand Teton National Park offers a variety of outdoor activities including hiking (the South Lake Jenny Trail is the most popular), rock climbing, and wildlife viewing (the moose are enormous) to name a few.
Thermopolis, WY
Where Superman Takes a Bath?
World's Largest Hot Springs - No, Thermopolis isn't where Superman takes a bath, but if he did he would enjoy a nice warm one at the World's Largest Hot Springs. The State of Wyoming Bathhouse offers free use of its hot springs of healing waters, there is also a swinging bridge over-looking the hot springs and a rainbow colored mineral terrace. Next door is the popular Star Plunge with pools and outdoor water slides and Tepee Spa with even more water for relaxing. Just a little ways from the hot springs is the Wyoming Dinosaur Center and Dig Sites, featuring Jimbo the Supersaurus and Stan the T-Rex.
Yellowstone National Park, WY
Old Faithful - Right on Time
Old Faithful, Geysers, and Hot Springs - Old Faithful is the icon of Yellowstone. The famous geyser shoots a stream of water and steam 100-185 feet in the air and pushes out up to 8,400 gallons of water. The eruptions vary from 40-126 minutes apart, but the visitor center posts the expected time of the next eruption with relative accuracy. Old Faithful isn't the only geyser in town, there are as many as 500 in the park (half of all geysers in the world), with the larger ones being Castle, Daisy, Grand and Riverside. Hot Springs are another fascinating geothermic feature of the park with Mammoth and Grand Prismatic topping the list.
Yellowstone National Park, WY
Colorful Pools of Hot Water
Water and Wildlife - Yellowstone got its name from the Native American name for the Yellowstone River. The river carves out the 500 foot tall Grand Canyon of Yellowstone and tumbles down two impressive waterfalls, Upper Falls at 109 feet and Lower Falls at 308 feet. One thing you can't miss (because they walk in the middle of the road) is the abundance of Wildlife in the park. You're almost guaranteed to see elk, bison, marmots, ducks and deer, but with some good timing and a little luck don't be surprised if you see a wolf, black bear, grizzly bear, moose, coyote or bighorn sheep. Yellowstone is as much a no-fence zoo as it is a national park.
Yellowstone National Park, WY
Our First National Park
Yellowstone National Park - On March 1, 1872, President Ulysses S Grant restricted settlements and the sale of land in the region by signing into law a bill that created the nation's first national park. Yellowstone National Park is not only the first national park, but it is this monkey's favorite. What makes it so great is that it has everything, gorgeous mountain views, cascading waterfalls, tumbling rivers, mirrored lakes, erupting geysers, bubbling mudpots, gorgeous canyons, steaming hot springs and wondrous wildlife. The entire area is on an active volcanic plateau and there is no other place like it in the world.