It's one of those unique landmarks along the old Oregon Trail. Devil's Gate was visible for miles, a giant gash right through the middle of the Rattlesnake Mountains, just seven miles southwest of Independence Rock. The best view is from the east, the same angle those courageous emigrants had almost two centuries ago. Wagon Trains couldn't move through the gorge at Devil's Gate, but the base near the Trail served as a handy campsite, where there are more than 20 gravesites visible today.
Construction began in 1904, and one year later it became the new home of the Governor of the Great State of Wyoming. Governor Bryant B. Brooks was the first Wyoming Governor to take residence in what is now known as The Historic Governor's Mansion. Governor Brooks, First-Lady Mary Naomi Brooks, five children and one pony, had taken-up residence in the brand-new Governor's Mansion.
Its name is taken from the nearby sandstone ridge that juts over Bitter Creek. Point of Rocks is located 25 miles east of Rock Springs, Wyoming, and it was a focal "point" for the delivery of mail, miners, and the railroad. And today, Point of Rocks is the point of a seven-mile spur of railroad that heads north to the Jim Bridger Power Plant.
Nellie Tayloe Ross, Wyoming's first lady, wife of Governor William Bradford Ross, would become Governor herself. And when she did, in 1925, Nellie Tayloe Ross, Governor of Wyoming, became the first female Governor in America. It was really under tragic circumstances that Mrs. Ross ultimately assumed the State's highest office. Governor William Bradford Ross would die in office, in October of 1924. And it was the First Lady, Nellie Tayloe Ross, who would be the Democratic Party replacement, would win the election, and be inaugurated Governor of Wyoming on January 5, 1925.
This fabled butte is quite real, and rises up out of the landscape in the Wind River Valley, just northeast of Crowheart, Wyoming. It can be seen for miles, taking on the look of a pyramid, with a shaved-off top. This landmark on the Wind River Indian Reservation is most-unique, and comes by its name from the historic battle that was fought on its small mesa.
This natural Wonder lies within Hot Springs State Park in Thermopolis, Wyoming. The liquid that forms the World's Largest Mineral Hot Springs begins its journey in the Owl Creek Mountains, eventually making its way underground. It's there where the heating element does its work, a volcanic action that brings the average temperature of the Springs to 135 degrees Fahrenheit. The mineral component of the Springs comes with the absorption of chemicals from rocks, and gasses associated with the volatile interior of the earth.
The Lincoln Monument is one of those spectacular man-made Wonders of Wyoming, that grabs your attention each and every time you see it. You can't miss this impressive bronze masterpiece as you make your way through the summit at Sherman Hill on Interstate 80. Maybe your first glimpse of Lincoln Monument was when you came around the bend at the western end of Happy Jack Road. Whichever angle you choose, the sight is truly impressive.
It really is an "eye-catcher", this beautiful white structure that stands on the northwest corner of 15th and Grand in Laramie, Wyoming. It was built by a young, wealthy Englishman by the name of Frank Cooper. Cooper had come to the Laramie Plains in the early 1900's, and built his fortune in the cattle industry. Cooper was one of the original "cattle barons", and in 1921, he hired reknowned architect Wilbur Hitchcock, and built his mansion. Sixty-two years later, in 1983, Cooper Mansion was listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Stanley Knapp was 2 years old, in 1926, when his mother died. Young Stan was adopted by a loving couple in Nebraska, and it was there that Stan Hathaway spent most of his young life. It wasn't until he was off to college, when he first experienced Wyoming. Stan Hathaway came to the University of Wyoming to further his education, but soon the United States was at War, and Hathaway joined the U.S. Army to fight in World War II. After the War, Hathaway returned home to Nebraska, and would earn an undergraduate degree and law degree from the University of Nebraska.
It's known as a "one-of-a-kind", the only one like it in the world. And once inside, there's no doubt as just how true that is. The historic Barrett Building, just south of the State Capitol in Cheyenne, is the perfect home for the Wyoming State Museum, where the entire history of Wyoming is on display.
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