Wyoming, a Guide to Its History, Highways, and People

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Tour 2A

Cheyenne--Pole Mountain Game Refuge--Junction with US 30; 40.6 m., Happy Jack Road.

Dirt road, partly graveled. No accommodations.

The Happy Jack Road is an alternate route between Cheyenne and Laramie, with side roads to the Fort Warren Military Reservation and to picnic areas. It was named for 'Happy Jack' Hollingsworth, who took up a ranch near the foothills of the Laramie Range in 1884. Hollingsworth built a small adobe house and, for many years, hauled wood from the mountains to sell in Cheyenne. He always sang at his work. Later, he left Cheyenne for the San Juan country, where he was killed by Mexicans during a brawl. This route through Cheyenne Pass was much used in the early days.

The Happy Jack Road goes north from US 30 (seeTOUR 2a) in CHEYENNE, 0 m., then swings L. on 19th Street. It crosses Crow Creek, 0.9 m., and underpasses the Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad, 1.2 m.

The Happy Jack Road curves westward over grassy hills. The webbed steel radio towers of Fort Warren are outlined (R) against the sky. Small, not too prosperous, farm tracts are scattered along the road.

The Cox RANCH (R), 5 m., with large barns and neat sheds and dwelling, is one of the largest race-horse breeding ranches west of the Mississippi Valley. The horses are especially well known in racing circles on the Pacific Coast. Meadows of native hay are carpets of color in spring, when shooting stars, lady's-slippers, yellow sweet peas, blue- bells, wild mustard, and other wild flowers bloom.

At 13.1 m. is the junction with a dirt road.

Right on this road to the SILVER CROWN HILLS, 1 m., where a gold- mining boom in 1885 set men to digging prospect holes. When Professor Aughey announced that a prospect called Carbonate Belle was possibly the greatest bonanza since the Comstock lode, Cheyenne businessmen agreed to put $500,000 into development work, if the assays were satisfactory. The professor managed to salt the assays, but another professor, Wilbur C. Knight of the University of Wyoming, exposed the fraud.

On October 7, 1935, a major air disaster occurred here, when 12 persons were killed in the crash of a transport plane. The cause of the accident was never determined.

At 15.9 m. is the junction with a graveled road.

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • Introduction ix
  • Preface xix
  • Illustrations xxi
  • Maps xxv
  • General Information xxxi
  • Calendar of Annual Events xxxvii
  • PART I - Wyoming: Past and Present 1
  • Contemporary Scene 3
  • Natural Setting 11
  • Archeology and Indians 49
  • History 58
  • Transportation 79
  • Industry, Commerce and Labor 90
  • Agriculture 98
  • Education 109
  • Sports and Recreation 117
  • Folklore and Folkways 122
  • Literature 127
  • The Theater 137
  • Music 147
  • Art 155
  • Architecture 161
  • Part II - Cities 171
  • Casper 173
  • Cheyenne 183
  • Laramie 195
  • Sheridan 206
  • PART III - Tours 215
  • Tour 1 217
  • Tour 2a 251
  • Tour 2c 253
  • Tour 3 267
  • Tour 4a 292
  • Tour 4b 300
  • Tour 6 318
  • Tour 6a 339
  • Tour 7a 341
  • Tour 8 350
  • Tour 9 356
  • Tour 10 367
  • Tour 11 380
  • Yellowstone National Park 392
  • PART IV - Appendices 439
  • Chronology 441
  • Bibliography 449
  • Glossary 459
  • 1940 - Census Figures 467
  • Index 469
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