Wyoming: Converse County

Converse County (pop. 13,833), south of Campbell County, was named for A.R. Converse, a banker and rancher from Cheyenne who was a partner in a local ranch.

Most of the population lives along I-25.

The Laramie Mountains and Medicine Bow National Forest are in the southern part of the county.

Esterbrook Church and Laramie Peak

The county seat is Douglas (pop. 6,120), on the North Platte River.

Riverside Park in Douglas

The Wyoming State Fair has been held in Douglas since 1905.

Christ Episcopal Church in Douglas dates from 1898.

Gothic Revival style

Douglas had an internment camp for German and Italian prisoners of war in World War Two; the Officers’ Club is still standing.

Italian prisoners painted large murals inside.

The jackalope, Wyoming’s Official Mythological Creature, was first captured by Douglas Herrick of Douglas in the 1930s.

World’s largest jackalope

Ayers Natural Bridge Park is southwest of Douglas.

30 feet high, 50 feet wide

Fort Fetterman, about 10 miles northwest of Douglas, was a U.S. Army fort established in 1867.

Now a Wyoming Historic Site

The town of Bill (pop. 11), 35 miles north of Douglas, has a 112-room hotel and a 24-hour diner – mainly for the use of Union Pacific Railroad employees between shifts on their coal-carrying trains.

Along came Bill

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One comment on “Wyoming: Converse County

  1. Mary Schlick says:

    The natural bridge kinda looks like the one in France. Well, roughly the same shape! AM

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