Wyoming August 06, 2017
The Seemingly Ordinary Livestream Of This Wyoming Town Has Fascinated Thousands
Everyone has a few voyeuristic tendencies, otherwise, what would explain the fascination with webcams? In Wyoming, we have hundreds, maybe thousands of them streaming live footage, but one webcam trained on an ostensibly ordinary street corner has captured the world’s attention.
Of all the town squares in all the towns in Wyoming, the intersection at the corner of Broadway and Cache in Jackson Hole has become a livestream sensation.
On any given day, the webcam could have several hundred viewers but that number fluctuates and occasionally jumps into the thousands. Some speculate that it was YouTube's recommendation of the webcam in the fall of 2016 that caused the largest viewer increase.
Perhaps it's the strategic location of the camera, perched outside Pizza Caldera on Broadway, that's the reason for the high viewership. Positioned as it is, it's in the perfect place to catch some interesting action, such as scofflaws running red lights.
Don't worry, the camera also streamed justice at work. Just as the offender reached the far side of the intersection, headlights came on behind him...
...and so did the flashing red and blue lights atop the police vehicle that had been sitting at the roadside monitoring late-night traffic.
Viewers of this livestream see more than just the occasional quirky event. Pedestrians have been known to perform for the webcam, dancing and dabbing their way across the crosswalk...
...flashing whoever might be watching...
...staging epic fights with battle sticks...
...and even the police force gets in on the action, showing their patriotism and doing a few moonlight calisthenics.
Some go to great lengths to entertain, such as the group that merrily wheeled a guy on a red sofa first across Broadway, then across Cache to "sacrifice" him to the antler arches.
The avid fans of this livestream enjoy chatting live while watching, and have developed a language and culture all their own. For example, walking under the arches is known as "feeding the arches," and viewers get overly-excited when a red truck drives through the intersection - maybe everyone has to take a shot of whiskey when that happens.
There are other webcams trained on this particular Jackson Hole intersection, but none of them are as popular as this one.
What Wyoming webcams are your favorites to watch?