Sometimes, the biggest treasures have the smallest origins. That’s certainly the case in the state of Wyoming. Here are some pretty impressive and surprising finds in some of Wyoming’s small towns.
1. Green River
You will never in a million years guess what you will find here. How about an Intergalactic Spaceport! This consists of a UFO landing strip with a windsock. Back in 1994, there was evidence that a comet might possibly collide with Jupiter. The people of Wyoming were worried that these aliens would become homeless and have no place to go. So, they built a UFO landing strip to welcome the displaced inhabitants of Jupiter. It was even approved by the FAA.
In Kaycee, you'll find a famous outlaw hideout. I guess that's not too uncommon for this neck of the woods. The hideout is called the Hole-in-the-Wall Outlaw Hideout. Jesse James and Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid used this as their hideout whenever they broke the law and needed to disappear.
3. Big Horn
It's not surprising to find horses in Wyoming but polo? The Big Horn Polo Club is the oldest polo club west of the Mississippi River.
Who would have thought Kemmerer would be home to a very popular retail store. This small town is home to the very first J. C. Penney store which opened in 1902 by James Cash Penney.
The wild, wild west is the land of the dinosaurs. Guess what was found near Shell? Dinosaur footprints that are 165 million years old. These were discovered in 1997.
There are several surprises in Laramie. Laramie has the oldest county library system in the country. Laramie is also home to the one and only 4 year postgraduate university in Wyoming which is the University of Wyoming. In addition, Laramie hosts the tallest building in the state; White Hall is a 12-story dorm on the campus of the University of Wyoming.
Jackson will surprise you with its celebrities. Charles Schwab, Tiger Woods, Dick Cheney, and Harrison Ford own prime property here.
For those of you who love to fish, Casper should be on your bucket list. You will find world class fishing in and around Casper, especially in the North Platte River. Casper was named #1 Big Fish Destination in the world by American Angler Magazine which is partly due to trout habitat management by the state.
I don't know if Buford being the smallest town in America will surprise you, but what may surprise you is that Buford was auctioned off in 2012 for $900,000 to two Vietnamese men who renamed the town PhinDeli. They sell PhinDeli coffee which is imported from Vietnam in the town's one and only convenience store.
10. South Pass
South Pass has a very important surprise. There you will find a natural crossing point of the Rockies which was crucial during the history of the westward expansion of the United States. Without South Pass, our history could have turned out very different.