Wyoming Attractions April 04, 2017
The Remote Town In Wyoming That Is Full Of Surprises
Out in a remote area in Wyoming is an oasis for travelers. What once was thought of as a god-forsaken-area in Wyoming became a refuge for those who happened to find themselves out in the middle of nowhere. This remote community in Wyoming is a haven that’s full of surprises.
Little America is a census-designated place located in the southwestern part of the state. This Sweetwater County community is home to a population of around 70.
Little America was founded in 1934 by Stephen Mack Covey as a small combination gas station-motel-cafe. While herding sheep in Wyoming in the 1890s, Covey ended up lost in a blizzard in the same spot where Little America is located today.
He always vowed to come back and build a refuge for those caught out in this desolate area. Luckily for Wyoming, he was able to fulfill his dream.
Little America got its name from the remote base camp that was established by polar explorer, Richard E. Byrd, in the Antarctic in 1928. Emperor the Penguin was even shipped over to be its live mascot but unfortunately he died on the way over from Antarctica. Instead, Emperor was stuffed and put on display.
Little America started out as a refueling stop on the Lincoln Highway. It quickly grew to include a hotel, restaurant and a post office. Pictured is the post office.
Long after the days of the dinosaur, this travel center in Wyoming became known as the world's largest gas station. It was a convenient refueling stop for those traveling along Interstate 80.
Pictured is a blast from the past. This is what the travel center looked like back around the 1950s.
Here is the lovely Little America Hotel. This haven for weary travelers features 140 guest rooms with velvet drapes and hardwood furnishings.
Check out the view from the motel parking lot. Little America encompasses a total area of 7.8 square miles.
Little America is located 300 miles west of Cheyenne off of Interstate 80 Exit 68. This thriving little community is just hours from both Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks.
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