Monday, November 16, 2015

On the road again

I have been in Wyoming for four months and have begun exploring portions of the Lincoln Highway.

Since talking about every place in one post is both frivolous and overwhelming, let's look at portions of the first transcontinental highway.

I plan to write a lot more about it, but want to give you a couple of my favorite stops to this point. In the future I will dig a little further into each community so as to help give people a deeper appreciation of the road and those who helped shape the highway and their communities.

For the time being here are four of my favorite places or sights on the route.

Evanston Sunset Camp

 
In 1920 the city of Evanston, Wyoming operated a campground at this location, which cost customers 50 cents per vehicle. In 1927, the city added six small cabins with adjourning carports to the campground. A year later, a Rawlins company, which operated a chain of tourist camps, leased this camp ground. They renamed it the Sunset Camp. The cabins were changed to mission-style cabins as seen here.

Wyo Motel roadside advertisement

 
After tourist cabins came motor courts and motels. This is a rare road side advertisement from another era. Located off US 30 outside Medicine Bow, tired motorists heading towards Laramie stopped at the Wyo Motel

New Studio Photography

 
New Studio Photography began operating in 1919, six years after the Lincoln Highway was established. It continues to serve Rock Springs customers.

Smitty's Truck Stop, outside Pine Bluffs, Wyoming

 
Smitty's Truck Stop served as the unofficial state boundary between Nebraska and Wyoming. It's edifice is bare, but its soul remains. It is still The state line marker and a reminder of what it was and could be.

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