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

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MUSEUM contains fossils, Indian artifacts, and pioneer relics. Large fossils are found in hills of soft sedimentary materials (R). Shell Canyon is a V-shaped gap in the mountain range to the east.

US 14 runs through a thickly settled valley, with well-kept farm buildings, surrounded by lawns, trees, and flowering shrubs. Rows of poplars, called 'Mormon trees' because they were planted by Mormon colonists, pattern the landscape with vivid green.

At GREYBULL, 319.1 m. (3,788 alt., 1,806 pop.), is the junction with US 20 (seeTour 6).


Tour 10A

Junction with US 14-- Kane--Lovell--Byron--Powell--Cody; 109.7 m., State 14.

Route paralleled from Garland to Cody by Chicago, Burlington & Quincy R.R. Oil-, gravel- and dirt-surfaced roadway, difficult in wet weather, closed in winter.

State 14, the alternate route between the Big Horn National Forest (Sheridan) and Cody, branches from US 14 on the east face of the Big Horn Mountains, scales the summit of the range in long curving sweeps, passes near to the Medicine Wheel, then drops into the Big Horn Basin and crosses its northern end to Powell and Cody.

Branching due west from US 14 (seeTour 10), 0 m., State 14 climbs sharply through spired pine forest to the summit of the Big Horn Range near BALD MOUNTAIN, or Big Baldy (10,030 alt.), a barren, domelike uplift that rises above the black timbered slopes. In the 1880's, Big Baldy was the center of a boom mining area, where men staked fortunes on finding a legendary lode, supposedly uncovered once by Indians. In 1892, Eastern capitalists were persuaded to install expensive machinery at Bald Mountain. The resulting whispers of a bonanza spawned a mushroom town called Fortunatus. Money circulated freely, and everyone prospered but the miners and investors. In 1937, a local company bought machinery to work a draw eight miles northwest of the old townsite.

At 23.4 m. is the junction with dirt road.

Right on this road to a parking area, 3 m., from which a narrow, steep trail leads (R) 0.5 m. to the MEDICINE WHEEL (9,956 alt.), a gigantic wheel of lime-

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Table of contents

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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