Wyoming: Weston County

Weston County (pop. 7,208) is north of Niobrara County, on the western edge of the Black Hills. It has the third-smallest population in Wyoming.

It’s the only Weston County in the U.S.

A large part of the county is in the Thunder Basin National Grassland. The Grassland’s elevation ranges from 3,600 to 5,200 feet.

The Grassland is also in four other counties.

The county seat of Weston County is Newcastle (pop. 3,532).

Weston County Courthouse (1911)

Newcastle apparently has the world’s only Dogie Theatre.

Still showing first-run movies

A former tourist attraction (1966-2005) in Newcastle is The World’s Only Hand-Dug Producing Oil Well.

The late Al Smith dug down 24 feet for oil.

Upton (pop. 1,100), northwest of Newcastle, calls itself the “Best Town on Earth.”

Upton is home of the Red Onion Museum.

Named for the local Red Onion Saloon

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2 comments on “Wyoming: Weston County

  1. Lois says:

    I’d like to see Thunder Basin Grassland. Any town that has a Red Onion Museum named after the local saloon deserves to be called The Best Town on Earth.

  2. John Dodds says:

    I hope my bil knows about this county! That’s a nice looking courthouse.

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