Sometimes riding across the state of Wyoming can be a bit interesting. All of a sudden you are driving along and just happen to catch a glimpse of something out of the corner of your eye and you’re like, “wait, did I really just see that?” And you just have to turn that head around and maybe even the car around to get that second look. Here are some bizarre roadside attractions in Wyoming that will make you do a double take. Go ahead and embrace the weirdness, Wyoming!
1. Fossil Cabin
The "oldest cabin in the world," but not in the way you might think, is located in Medicine Bow. This is a very unique roadside attraction constructed of thousands of dinosaur bones. The cabin was built in 1933 and was made with 26,000 dinosaur bones. Ripley's Believe It Or Not deemed it the "oldest cabin in the world." The cabin is located 8 miles east of Medicine Bow on US Route 30.
2. PhinDeli Town Buford
Wyoming is home to the smallest town in America. The town was founded in 1866 during the development of the Transcontinental Railroad. During that time, the town had almost 2,000 residents. Eventually, the town's population decreased to 1 resident. In 2013, the town was put up for auction and it was sold to two gentleman who renamed the town after the Vietnamese coffee brand they sold.
3. World's Largest Jackalope
This double-take spectacle has even been declared as Wyoming's "Official Mythical Creature." This dates all the way back to 1939 when a taxidermist in Douglas stuffed an animal that was said to be the offspring of a jack rabbit and an antelope. The town now features two Jackalope statues, both over 8' tall. This oversized Jackalope is located in front of the Douglas Railroad Interpretive Center which is located at 121 Brownfield Road.
4. World's Largest Elkhorn Arch
For such a tiny town, Afton is home to one of the largest things in the world. The arch is designed with over 3,000 elk antlers. This arch extends 75 feet across a 4 lane road. Elk antlers must weigh a fair amount because the arch weighs over 15 tons.
5. Smith Mansion
You may not notice this one at first but when you do, you will definitely do a double take. Francis Lee Smith, an engineer, worked on this eccentric 5-story house for more than 12 years. His obsession with his house even contributed to his divorce. In 1992, he fell to his death while working on one of the whimsical balconies during high winds. Smith Mansion is located at 2891-2903 N. Fork Highway in Cody.
6. Sculptures Of Zodiac Signs
These truly are a work of art but you have to admit that they would grab your attention twice. These are sculptures of zodiac signs by Chinese artist, Ai Wei Wei that were and may still be on exhibit at the National Museum of Wildlife Art at the National Elk Refuge just outside of Jackson.
7. Lonely Big Boy Statue
This lonely Big Boy Statue is out in the middle of nowhere. The statue appeared without any explanation in a field near Wapiti.
You'll feel like you're on the set of Jurassic Park when you drive by this dino. This is a 15-foot-tall T-Rex statue located outside of the Tate Geological Museum on the Casper College campus.
9. Giant Head Of Abraham Lincoln
This gigantic head of Abraham Lincoln is perched on top of a 30' granite pedestal. The head is oversized on tiny shoulders making Abe look a little uncomfortable. The head weighs over 2 tons and is 13.5 feet tall. Old Abe is located 11 miles east of Laramie on I-80, exit 323.
10. Ames Pyramid
The Ames Monument is an unusual pyramid that was constructed by the Union Pacific Railroad in 1881 to honor two brothers who were responsible for seeing the transcontinental railroad through to its completion. The pyramid is located about 1.5 miles south of I 80, exit 329 east of Laramie.