Here's a picture-perfect little body of water that get's Wonder status on looks alone. It just happens to have an interesting story as to how it was created, too. Lake Alice is one of the many gems located in Bridger-Teton National Forest, a 3-mile long beauty that reaches depths of 200-feet deep. This mountain lake lies at an elevation of 7,745 feet in the south end of the Forest.
There is no more diverse collection of landscapes, and different species of wildlife, than here, in the Bighorn National Forest. It's a breathtaking expanse, some 80 miles long and 30 miles wide, that spans across 4 different counties in Wyoming. The Bighorn National Forest covers more than 1.1 million acres, across Sheridan, Johnson, Washakie, and Big Horn counties, with elevations that range from 5,500-feet to its highest point at 13,175-foot Cloud Peak.
It's the only commercial airport in America located within the boundaries of a National Park. Jackson Hole Airport began as a dirt landing strip in the 1930's, and in 1939, Jackson Hole Mayor Harry Clissold stepped-off 6,000 feet, right at the same stretch of land that is used today, and declared it so, this was to be the Jackson Hole Airport. The land was leased and here, 8 miles north of Jackson, in amongst the spectacular Tetons, the creation of Jackson Hole Airport was underway.
Pacific Springs was originally discovered by the Sublette brothers in 1820. But it was during the Great Migration, some 20 years later, when this oasis along the Oregon Trail took its name. This was a perfect place where those weary travelers could stop and rest, and it was here that those hearty souls could drink from waters that would eventually flow to the Pacific Ocean.
My first real education of the Noble Jackalope was in 2005. That's when we broadcast one of the very first Wonders of Wyoming radio broadcasts. This 90-second feature was written by the very talented Lance Cook, who has written many WOW's, and has produced every single Wonders of Wyoming broadcast, almost 2,000 shows.
Ithamar Whipple built his dream home 7 years before Wyoming Statehood, in 1883. It would be the Victorian-style showpiece of Cheyenne's famous Cattle Baron's Row. Whipple was a wealthy merchant and cattle baron, who founded the Wyoming Stockgrowers Association, and he supervised the construction of his home, that would soon become known simply as, Whipple House. Whipple House still stands right there on 17th Street. Ah, but in it's day, during Cheyenne's Golden Age, this magnificent home was one of the elite residences in the Wyoming Territory.
Here's one of those fascinating Wonders, eons in the making, a true archaeological marvel. Castle Gardens is exactly that, a pre-historic garden, created by thousands of years of Wyoming wind. And this spectacular collection of natural landscape formations and ancient rock carvings are covered in man-made art, some dating back 3,000-years.
There are 3 famous landmarks along the Wyoming stretch of the Oregon Trail where emigrants paused to record their very existence. It was here where these hearty souls stopped and rested, and scratched their names onto stone walls. Heading west on "The Road", as it was nicknamed back then in the mid-1800's, the Oregon Trail would first come upon Register Cliff, in Platte County, then Independence Rock in Natrona County, and finally, Names Hill, in Lincoln County.
He was Wyoming born and bred, and would become the most-recognized and well-known sports broadcaster in the business. Curt Gowdy was a world-wide celebrity, an immense talent, and it was that gift that would lead to induction into 20 different Halls of Fame.
William F. Cody picked-up what would become a world-famous name in the late 1860's, when at the age of 20, he took on legendary status as "Buffalo Bill Cody". As a buffalo hunter and scout, it was told that Cody had killed some 4,280 bison. And that was just one of many legends that Buffalo Bill Cody would build in Wyoming, during the Territory Days and well into the early Statehood years.
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