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Specimen Ridge.  (Wikipedia/Mike Cline)
Specimen Ridge. (Wikipedia/Mike Cline)
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Specimen Ridge

Specimen Ridge took its name in the 1860's, and the name simply describes this magical place that has preserved perfect "specimens" for millions of years. There's no place like it in the world, as far as petrified forests go. And that's because Specimen Ridge is not just one example, but 27 layers of petrified forests, stacked one on top of the other. Some layers date back 50 million years.

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The Million Dollar Cowboy Bar.  (wyomingtailsandtrails.com)
The Million Dollar Cowboy Bar. (wyomingtailsandtrails.com)
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The Million Dollar Cowboy Bar

This place takes your breath away as soon as you walk in the door. Even though you may have wandered into other Cowboy Bars in the state, this one is very different. This is the Million Dollar Cowboy Bar in Jackson, Wyoming. And from the moment you enter through the swinging doors, you get a million dollar experience.

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Uncle Nick Wilson.  (nps.gov/Jackson Hole Historical Society and Museum)
Uncle Nick Wilson. (nps.gov/Jackson Hole Historical Society and Museum)
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Uncle Nick Wilson

Here's a Wonder of Wyoming that led quite a life and would become a legend. One of the more breathtaking little towns in the specatacular Teton country of Wyoming bears his name. I was contacted some years ago by Uncle Nick Wilson's grandson, who was a wealth of information on the adventurous life of his grandfather.

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A Black—Footed Ferret.  (Wikipedia/US FWS Mountain Prairie)
A Black—Footed Ferret. (Wikipedia/US FWS Mountain Prairie)
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The Black-Footed Ferret

This little critter was thought to be extinct, until a small colony was discovered on the Pitchfork Ranch in Meeteetse, Wyoming. There's the story of how a dog on the ranch walked up to his master with the furry mammal in his mouth. And on that day, September 25th, 1981, a star was born. The sleek little black-footed and black-masked creature hadn't been seen since 1972, and thought gone forever. But there they were, a small group of what had been known as the "world's rarest mammal".

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A Golden Eagle up close.  (J. Glover, Atlanta, GA)
A Golden Eagle up close. (J. Glover, Atlanta, GA)
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The Golden Eagle

The bird population in the Cowboy State is legendary. And the most majestic winged creature in Wyoming just might be the stately Golden Eagle. This regal bird likes the environment and prefers to perch its stick-built home high on a cliff face, or in a tree. The sight of a Golden Eagle is thrilling, whether you spot one in flight, or see one sitting on a fence post. A fully-grown Golden Eagle will weigh between 9 to 12 pounds, the female tends to be slightly larger than the male, but it's the wingspan of up to 7-feet that distinguishes the Golden Eagle from others. And of course, the brown plumage, marked by golden brown swathes on the back of the head, are unmistakable.

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The Flaming Gorge.  (Wikipedia/Shengzhi Li)
The Flaming Gorge. (Wikipedia/Shengzhi Li)
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Flaming Gorge

All that is Flaming Gorge make this one of the most beautiful features in all of Wyoming. The Flaming Gorge Reservoir provides the wonderful crystal-blue waters of the Gorge. And the impressive walls that form the gorge itself, join with the endless sunshine in this area of southwest Wyoming, to create a tapestry of color. The gorge looks as if it were ablaze with red fire. It appears to be a Flaming Gorge, and one of the most unique settings in the state.

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Bunsen Peak.  (Wikipedia/Mike)
Bunsen Peak. (Wikipedia/Mike)
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Bunsen Peak

This is an interesting Wonder, a literal blast from the past, that still stands proudly south of Mammoth in Yellowstone National Park. Bunsen Peak rises to a height of 8,564 feet, and it really looks like a chemistry experiment gone bad. But it's actually an ancient volcanic cone, now inactive. It's also interesting as to how Bunsen Peak got its name.

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St. Mark's Episcopal Church in Cheyenne, WY.  (Library of Congress)
St. Mark's Episcopal Church in Cheyenne, WY. (Library of Congress)
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St. Mark’s Episcopal Church

It would take 7 years to build, and when it was completed, it would become the first official "house of worship" in Wyoming. Reverand Joseph Cook organized his parish in January of 1868, there in the raucous railroad and cattle town of Cheyenne, in the Wyoming Territory. In August of 1868, ground was broken and the project began, the construction of the first church building erected and dedicated in Wyoming.

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Wind River Canyon.  (Wikipedia/Shiras Rajendran)
Wind River Canyon. (Wikipedia/Shiras Rajendran)
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The Wind River Canyon

It is some of the most spectacular, awe-inspiring, and dramatic 12 miles in Wyoming. All of the adjectives apply at the Wind River Canyon. It's U.S. Highway 20 that hangs on the eastern side of the glorious Wind River. The old tracks of the Burlington Northern Railroad, built in 1913, cling precariously to the walls on the western side of the river. And these are wonderful sights, to be sure. But it's those canyon walls, equally majestic on either side, that dramatically frames the entire spectacle. The Wind River Canyon will bring out the "oohs" and "aahs", and a bunch of "wows" too.

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