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Goose Egg Ranch

A postcard of The Goose Egg Ranch.

This sprawling cattle ranch took its name back in 1877, when cowboys there to work the ranch found a nest of goose eggs on the land. The business took the name and formed a brand, and the Goose Egg Ranch was born. It became one of the biggest cattle operations in the Wyoming Territory after the Searight Brothers drove 27-thousand head from Texas, and settled here along the east side of the North Platte River, on Poison Spider Creek, 10 miles south of Casper, Wyoming.

Goose Egg Ranch flourished for 10 years, and was bought by future Wyoming Senator and Governor, Joseph Carey, in 1887. Carey changed the name to CY Ranch, and the original ranch house would deteriorate over the years, due mainly to tourists chipping away at the structure for momentos. The ranch house was torn down in 1951.

Most folks in the area still referred to the ranch as the Goose Egg, and the area would become a popular spot for visits from the Hollywood film industry, and years before, the Goose Egg Ranch was said to be the location of a famous scene in Owen Wister’s classic western novel, “The Virginian”. It was the scene in the book where drunken cowboys switched the blankets on babies of parents who were enjoying the weekly dance, at the Goose Egg Ranch. The film, “The Hellfighters”, starring John Wayne, was filmed near the Goose Egg Ranch.

The Goose Egg Inn has been a popular eatery just off the highway near the original Goose Egg Ranch. And the legend lives on at one of the first big cattle ranches in Wyoming.

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