Wyoming: Johnson County

Johnson County (pop. 8,569) is north of Natrona County. It’s one of 12 Johnson counties in the U.S.

Johnson County in 1895.

The “Johnson County War” was a range war in 1892 involving small local ranchers, larger ranchers, hired killers, and the U.S. Cavalry.

TV movie in 2002

The county seat of Johnson County is Buffalo (pop. 4,585).

Buffalo and the Big Horn Mountains

Buffalo is the northern terminus of Interstate 25, which goes more than 1,000 miles south through Cheyenne, Denver, and Albuquerque to Las Cruces, N.M.

Interstate 90 (Seattle to Boston) also goes through Buffalo.

The Blue Gables Motel in Buffalo (1939) is on the National Register of Historic Places.


It has 17 log cabins.

Buffalo’s Carnegie Library (1909) in now the Jim Gatchell Memorial Museum.

It became a museum in the late 1980s.

The Johnson County Courthouse in Buffalo dates from 1884.

In the Italianate style

Fort Phil Kearny State Historic Site is north of Buffalo. The fort was an army outpost on the Bozeman Trail in the 1860s.

Abandoned when the railroad reached the Montana goldfields

The town of Kaycee (pop. 263) is the home of the Hoofprints of the Past Museum.

The museum includes several historic buildings.

The 375-mile Powder River, a tributary of the Yellowstone River, begins near Kaycee.

A north-flowing river

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One comment on “Wyoming: Johnson County

  1. Mary Schlick says:

    I love that eagle’s eye view of the Powder River!

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